Thursday, 6 November 2014
Poppies at the Tower
Despite all the pleas from the Tower of London officials for visitors to stay away, I took my little girl to see the field of poppies during the school holidays. We arrived at about 9.30am on Saturday morning and it was, as predicted, already heaving.
The noise was mainly from staff controlling the crowds with megaphones and from the traffic. The visitors were pretty quiet as they took in the huge beauty of the ceramics and also the huge pain and loss they represent.
Rather than shuffling along with the crowd, we found the best spot to view was from Tower Bridge.
I am so glad to have seen the memorial and yes, as many people as possible should see it too but I really hope the Tower does not change its plan to start dismantling on the 12th.
Ending on the 11th day of the 11th month, Armistice Day, is just perfect and adds to the poignancy and that feeling of how ludicrous it was that killing the enemy was allowed on the morning of the 11th - but not after lunch.
The horror of war. Lest we forget.