A few weeks ago I went to see the poppies at the Tower of London. I thought today would be the most appropriate day to write a post about it.
Our walk from the station to the Tower took us along the bank of the river Thames heading towards Tower Bridge. Tower Bridge is a combined bascule and suspension bridge and opens about 1000 times a year to let river traffic pass.
We could see the Tower of London on the opposite bank.
When we arrived at the Tower, this is the sight that met us.
The installation is entitled ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’, and is the inspiration of ceramic artist Paul Cummins. There are 888,246 individually hand made ceramic poppies ‘planted’ in the moat around the Tower. Each poppy represents a life lost by a member of the British armed forces during the First World War.
It was an amazing sight; very moving and thought provoking. We didn’t stay until dusk, but if we had we would have seen the ceremony of the Roll of Honour, when the last post is played and then 180 names are read out – names of people who were killed in the war.
The last poppy is going to be planted today then the original plan was that the whole thing would be dismantled from tomorrow. However, there has been such a lot of public interest that The Tower of London has decided that some of the installation will remain in place until the end of the month and then will tour the country, allowing more people to see it. The rest of the poppies will be removed and sent to the hundreds of thousands of members of the public who have bought them in aid of several armed forces charities.
It’s such a shame that the poppies are going to be removed so quickly, but I am really thankful that I was able to get there to see them.