Momentum is growing, with David Cameron today backing the campaign, to extend the poppies display at The Tower of London for longer. It was due to be dismantled on Wednesday the 12 November, the day after Armistice day with the help of 8000 volunteers.
Already 4 million people have seen the poppies, which has captured the public imagination, and campaigners are asking that it be extended so others can experience it. Downing Street are now in talks with London’s City Hall and Historic Royal Palace officials, who are in charge of the memorial, to find a way to ensure this happens.
However, a spokesperson from Royal Historic palaces has said that “the last day of the display would be Remembrance Day itself and following that they would be removed prior to them being sent to people who had purchased them. Another reason for not extending the display is that the poppies’ transience was part of the original artistic concept”.
Discussions continue with London Mayor Boris Johnson joining the debate today asking too for an extension.
Speakers Corner's Helena Horesh visited the poppies recently, please click here to read her moving blog piece. Picture also by Helena Horesh 2014.
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