Towers of remembrance

11th November 2014

The Chelsea Pensioners have unveiled their very own ceramic poppy display to commemorate the centenary of the Great War.  

While not on the scale of the Tower of London's iconic display, the 25 ceramic pots forming four towers commemorate remembrance in the Pensioners’ own unique way.

35 Chelsea Pensioners from the Royal Hospital’s care home with nursing, the Margaret Thatcher Infirmary, have been working on the display since September.

Every ceramic pot has its own unique design, giving each a very personal touch; from vivid red poppies to interpretations of iconic images from the front, such as an armed soldier walking across No Man’s Land.  The four towers symbolise the four years of the Great War.

Royal Hospital Chelsea pottery teacher Emily Hall said: "I am so proud to work with the Chelsea Pensioners.  They are such inspiring people and this project has really bought everyone together to create a special mark of remembrance in this centenary year.

"Hopefully it will be a place for people to reflect and honour the great sacrifice made and show that we will never forget."

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