Thousands Of Torches Have Been Lit At The Tower Of London For Remembrance Day

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Tower of London torches

A beautiful installation has been unveiled at the Tower of London.

Marking 100 years since the end of World War 1, the moat of the historic castle has been filled with flickering torches, in a moving piece called ‘Beyond the Deepening Shadow.’ [Header photo: @michyquiche]

Beyond The Deepening Shadow
Photo: @amariswong

It’s been created by Tom Piper – who also collaborated on the poppy project – and artist Mira Calix. Flames will burn for eight nights, leading up to Remembrance Day on November 11th.

The visual spectacle is accompanied by a sound installation, based around a choral composition, ‘exploring unity and division, love and loss in war.’

Tower Remembers
Photo: @alexandrafaris

The torches are first lit at 5pm each evening, beginning with a procession led by the Yeoman Warders of the Tower of London. Emerging from the fortress, the Yeoman Warders – themselves all distinguished former servicemen and women – will ceremonially light the first flame.

Yeoman Tower of London

A team of volunteers then proceed to light the rest of the installation, gradually creating a circle of light, radiating from the Tower as a powerful symbol of remembrance. The torches are extinguished each evening at 9pm.

Tower Remembers Of London
Photo: @he.len6840

The final night will be on Remembrance Sunday, November 11. It’s free to visit and admire from the moat’s edge – tickets to walk among the torches sadly sold out long ago. For more information, see the Historic Royal Palaces website.

Read more: 42 things to see in London this November.

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