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Tower of London’s ten thousand torches honour World War One dead

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By ITN News Editor November 7, 2018 12:25

Tower of London’s ten thousand torches honour World War One dead

Ten thousand torches are lighting the moat of the Tower of London to commemorate the centenary of the end of the World War One.
Inaugurated with the “Last Post” sounded from one of the towers, the display entitled “Beyond the Deepening Shadow” will run for eight nights, leading up to the Armistice Day on November 11.
The installation, which began on Sunday (November 4), takes place between 5 p.m. (1700 GMT) and 9 p.m. (2100 GMT).
Every night the Tower moat will be gradually illuminated by individual torches lit by volunteers, many of whom have a family connection to the World War One.
During World War One more than 1600 city workers were sworn in to service in the dry moat surrounding the Tower before being deployed in Europe.
In 2014, the Tower of London featured the war’s most enduring symbol, poppies, with an art installation called “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red,” in which thousands of ceramic poppies flew from the medieval monument’s wall into the dry moat.
The artwork grew throughout the summer until 888,246 poppies were added to represent each British or colonial fatality during the war – more than double the number of Britain’s casualties in World War Two.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor November 7, 2018 12:25
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