Poets, speakers and singers came together at the Sultan pub in Wimbledon to celebrate the life and times of William Morris.

Performers included Jo Silver, singer, songwriter and guitarist, Simon Honey and Rat Thunder of the Zero Carbon Band, Simon Prager, singer and guitarist, The Strawberry Thieves led by John Hamilton and Stephen Beaver and Steve Van-Deller of Doctor Slideshow.

Auriel Glanville the organiser said: “The evening was a great success with thanks to everyone who gave their services for free to make this such a special occasion.

“Our thanks to Steve and Helen Tribbel, managers of The Sultan for their hospitality and giving us the room for free.”

William Morris was born on March 24, 1834 and was a designer, artist, weaver, printer, founding The Kelmscott Press.

He was also one of the first conservationists and founded the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings and was a keen architect, designing household furniture once saying: “Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”

Other speakers at the event on April 7 included Joanna Bazley of Wimbledon Coalition Disarmament/CND and Auriel Glanville, Co-ordinator of Merton Friends of the Earth.

Len Waterman Master of Ceremonies for the evening.