The Chairman of Richmondshire District Council has helped plant poppies in the Tower of London’s famous dry moat.
On a recent trip to London Councillor Russell Lord and his wife Freda volunteered to help with the ‘Tower of London Remembers’ scheme to mark the centenary anniversary of the First World War. They joined other volunteers to help make – and plant – 10,000 poppies!
“It was a great opportunity to become part of such an historic event,” said Councillor Lord.
“To think that a staggering 888,246 poppies will be in the finished 'Sea of Red' is amazing.
“And once the organisers found out that I was a Council Chairman I was then invited back and given a tour of the moat by the Yeoman of the Guards.”
Each poppy represents a British Military fatality during World War One. The installation started in August and the last poppy will be planted by November 11. When finished they will create a powerful visual called 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas Red'.
The poppies will then be sold and the money raised will be split between six military charities.