Torches draw thousands
HUGE crowds flocked to the Tower of London last night to witness a sea of light from 10,000 flaming torches filling the monument’s dry moat.
So many queued to see the tribute to soldiers who died during the First World War that some blocked local traffic. The commemoration, entitled Beyond the Deepening Shadow is – like 2014’s installation of ceramic poppies at the Tower – the work of distinguished stage designer Tom Piper.
It takes 100 volunteers 50 minutes to light, and is accompanied by choral music and lines from war poet Mary Borden’s Sonnets to a Soldier.
Crowds queued for four to five hours to see the torches in the Tower’s moat