To honour the nation’s fallen
today and the rain is only a bit of minor discomfort for us, whereas they had four years of it in the trenches.”
Also there was midwife Linda Mills, 55, who lost three generations of her family in the military, including great grandad and Victory Medal winner William Bradshaw.
Linda, of Sudbury in Suffolk, said: “It’s important to come and remember those who gave their lives. They made a huge sacrifice and it’s important that is recognised. It’s a special day to be here.”
Jane Kemp, 52, travelled there from Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, with husband Robert, 59, whose great grandfather Joseph Putman served in the conflict.
She said: “It’s great that so many have come. It shows how much people care.” A minute’s silence was observed impeccably as the Last Post was played.
The torches art installation was named Beyond the Deepening Shadow: The Tower Remembers. Four years ago the moat was filled with 888,246 ceramic poppies – one for each man and woman who died serving their country – to mark the centenary of the First World War’s outbreak.