Poppies don’t usually grow underground, but they will this month.
Remembrance Day is coming up, and London will once again honour those who fell in battle with a display of poppies. TfL have already got in on the action, by decorating a swathe of Tube stations with poppy roundels in recognition of The Royal British Legion’s London Poppy Day.
The iconic tube roundels were been blanketed with poppies at ten Underground and four Overground stations last year, and for 2019, TfL have gone even bigger with twenty-five stations undergoing the makeover. If you fancy spotting them, they’re at – deep breath – Baker Street, Balham, Bethnal Green, Bounds Green, Camden Road, Canary Wharf, Colindale, Dalston Junction, Dalston Kingsland, Edmonton Green, Forest Hill, Hackney Downs, Highams Park, Hoxton, Kings Cross, London Bridge, Seven Sisters, Shepherd’s Bush, Shoreditch High Street, St James’s Park, Walthamstow Central, Westminster, West Croydon, West Hampstead, and Willesden Junction.
Roundels aren’t the only TfL property getting a rebrand, though. A poppy-bedecked, rather fetching bus will be rolling along route 159, ferrying commuters from Streatham to Marble Arch in style. Meanwhile, volunteers will be fundraising across the transport network, with over 2000 volunteers (many from the Royal Navy, Army, and RAF) selling poppies and collecting donations. On October 31st, London’s major train stations will host military brass bands, and the Tube will feature celebrity announcements – all part of the attempt to raise £1 million over the course of the day.
London Poppy Day is a huge contributor to the overall funding of The Royal British Legion, and everything you give helps veterans and their families – so if you have the opportunity and means to donate, please do!
Also published on Medium.