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Call to delay poppy memorial visits

The public are being urged to postpone visits to a poppy memorial at the Tower of London due to overcrowding.

Tens of thousands of people descended on the site today to view the sea of red ceramic poppies in the former moat of the London landmark.

A spokesman for Historic Royal Palaces, which manages the site, said: “Please note that the Tower of London and the surrounding area is currently very busy due to half-term and interest in the poppies installation.

“We’re advising people to postpone their visit to the Tower until after half-term if possible, or to visit earlier in the day, before 10am, or later in the day, after 6pm.”

London Underground temporarily closed nearby Tower Hill Tube station today because of overcrowding.

The poppy memorial, Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, was created by ceramic artist Paul Cummins.

By Armistice Day on November 11 there will be 888,246 ceramic poppies planted, one for each British and Colonial death during the conflict which began 100 years ago.

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