I was working for Channel 5 (then based near Monument station) in the summer of 2014 when I saw the poppy display in its early stages and, even then, was amazed by it. As the days went by the collection of flowers grew bigger and bigger – as did the crowds that came to see it, making it difficult to get around the Tower of London area at times. But the inconvenience was worth it as it was a stunning sight – and a moving one given that each individual poppy represented someone who died in World War I.
My mum has been a lifelong lover of poppies so I knew I had to buy her one when the sale began, and I was particularly pleased to find out that there would be a charity donation as part of the price. When the time came I couldn’t help but buy myself a poppy too. It’s currently resting in its box due to a house move but when I settle in my next home it’ll be put on display as it makes me sad to think of it hidden away in the dark where nobody can see it.