Steyning people flock to see London poppies

Poppies cascading from a window at the Tower of London
Poppies cascading from a window at the Tower of London

THE people of Steyning have been flocking to the Tower of London to see the 888,246 commemorative poppies, one for every British and Commonwealth serviceman killed in the Great War.

Steyning Millennium Trust organised a trip for 53 local residents, not only to see the poppies but also to visit the new First World War galleries at the newly-refurbished Imperial War Museum.

They were so oversubscribed with bookings that now the display of poppies has been extended, they are running a second commemorative tour to mark the centenary of the Great War.

Their trip is on Monday, November 24, leaving Steyning at 8.30am. Once at the Imperial War Museum, they will be met by a Blue Badge Guide who will accompany them throughout the day.

On the way to lunch, they will trace the Zeppelin raids on London and learn about the women of the Great War and the vital and tremendous part that they played.

There will be a chance to see the Cenotaph in Whitehall and the thousands of Royal British Legion individual remembrance crosses outside Westminster Abbey before visiting the magnificent poppies cascading from a window and into the moat at the Tower of London.

Anyone interested in this fascinating trip should contact John Stevenson on 01903 814548 or chair@everystudentmatters.org who will give you all the details. The suggested donation for the day is £39.50

Steyning Millennium Trust is a charity dedicated to rewarding students at Steyning Grammar School who do something really special and are an outstanding example to their peers, the school or the community. Every year circa £3000 in awards are given to about 12 students throughout the school.