Over Armistice Centenary, 10,000 lit torches to be placed at London Tower

London Tower has been decorated with more than 10,000 lit torches to mark the Armistice Cemetery of the end of First World War.

The outstanding tribute, termed as ‘Beyond the Deepening Shadow’ will be repeated each night until the Remembrance Sunday.

On Sunday evening, it was the first showing that begins with a ceremonial Beefeater guard that brought a flame down from the popular London Tower into the moat, which got submerged in smoke.

Representatives from volunteers and armed forces then used the flame to light the thousands of other torches, which were placed on the ground all around, underneath the Tower.

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In total, it took more than 45 minutes to light-up all the flames, which burned over an hour.

The ceremony was made with a sound installation, which featured choral music and words inspired from war poet Mary Borden’s “Sonnets to a Soldier”.

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The Royal Navy, Midshipman Balraj Dhanda, who was a volunteer of the ceremony also helped to light the flames underneath the London Tower. He has termed the tribute as “really, really powerful”.

Mr. Dhanda continued that “I think it creates the right atmosphere for people to have their own personal reflections and gives people time with their own thoughts.”

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The governor of the London Tower, Dick Harrold said that “What is so special about it is it means many different things.”

“The message with the sound is not focused so much on those that were lost, but those that were left behind, the bereaved and others who were affected by war,” added Mr. Harrold.

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The public gathering members on the vantage points, positioned around the London Tower for the purpose to witness the spectacle moment for free of cost.

Few minutes of silence was also observed in the area.

by Chandrani Sarkar on November 5, 2018

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