Since late summer a sea of red poppies has been steadily filling the moat of the Tower of London, marking the one hundred year anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red is an evolving installation which has been created by ceramic artist Paul Cummins and stage designer Tom Piper. It is a powerful and poignant symbol of remembrance and is a beautiful tribute to those who lost their lives.
Ceramic poppies will continue to be added until Armistice Day. By then there will be a total of 888,246 poppies, each one representing a life lost. It was a very moving sight looking at the thousands of flowers below and reflecting on what each one represents.
The Roll of Honour is a ceremony held each evening at sunset in which the names of 180 men who lost their lives are read out. The name of my Great-Uncle, Bernard Dickinson was included in the Roll of Honour on October 23rd and I was so pleased to be able to be there. It was a very moving experience hearing name after name being read out followed by the playing of the Last Post. Once the Roll of Honour was complete the poppies were illuminated and they became a deep shade of blood-red. It is a beautiful and heartbreaking tribute.