AttractionTix gets involved in removing the Tower Poppies

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November 14, 2014

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Here at AttractionTix we love to help out where we can, particularly for a good cause. So when we heard that the Tower of London needed volunteers to help take down the poppy installation, we signed ourselves up!

The poppy installation had been growing in size over the summer, as more and more poppies were planted each day. It took a team of 8,000 volunteers to install them, and it’s estimated that it will take 11,000 to take them all down.

Tower poppies volunteering registration queue

Tower poppies volunteers with volunteer manager

The day began with a briefing, and considering it was the first shift on the first day of dismantling the display, the volunteer management team did a great job of getting us all briefed, down to the moat and gloved up.

Tower poppies volunteer briefing (2)
Tower poppies volunteer briefing

Despite the 9am start and the pouring rain, the volunteers kept a high spirit as we put the gazebo together.

Tower poppies volunteers put up gazebo

We rotated between taking the poppies out of the ground, packing them into boxes and sorting out washers and stems. All with big smiles on our faces!

Tower of London washers

Tower of london volunteers picking poppies

I spoke to a couple of volunteers who were able to share some of their thoughts on the “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red” installation, and why they were happy to dedicate some of their time:

“Didn’t realise it was going to be so emotive. It’s amazing and I’m really pleased to be a part of it”- Maxine, British Legion

“We should never forget those who have lost their lives” – Isabelle, volunteer

“It’s not all about the poppies, it’s about history and memory” – Stuart, volunteer

“It’s hard to comprehend that each one of these is a life lost in World War One” – Chris, volunteer

The Tower of London Remembers has been an incredible, poignant project that has inspired many to remember all those who had fallen in service as well as helping to raise millions in donations for six official service charities. We are happy to have been able to take part and contribute where we could.

A cross hidden amongst Tower poppies

Win one of the Tower of London Poppies

All of the iconic Tower of London poppies have now been sold – but you can still win one of these pieces of history.

Enter our poppy competition before November 23rd 2014 to be in with a chance of winning your own poppy!

Enter the Tower of London Poppy Competition

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About the author

Cindy Lau

Cindy is AttractionTix’s PR and outreach manager, a self-confessed geek, she spends her time playing games, watching sci-fi films and visiting geeky attractions like the Harry Potter studios and doing the Doctor Who walking tours. Being a gigantic Game of Thrones fan, her favourite trip was one to Dubrovnik where parts of the series was filmed.