Paul Cummins’s display of red poppies outside the Tower of London, marking the anniversary of the First World War, has been a remarkably popular piece of art – and rightly so given the importance of what it commemorates and the brilliance of the poppies.
This weekend (1st/2nd November) is likely to be one of the busiest for people visiting it, and yet Transport for London has decided that this is also a good weekend to close the neighbouring tube station (Tower Hill) for engineering works.
As Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat member of the London Assembly, says:
It is an appalling decision by Transport for London to close Tower Hill station during half term week and just a week before Remembrance Sunday.
The stunning Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red display has caught the imagination of literally hundreds of thousands of people who desperately want to see this display before it comes to an end.
In other areas Transport for London do a great deal in recognising Remembrance Sunday and supporting the poppy appeal, but in this instance their actions are simply wrong.