Editor’s Comment: Bring the Tower of London poppies to Chesterfield

Volunteers remove poppies from the moat of the Tower of London, as work begins dismantling the 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' installation, which captured the imagination of Britain as it commemorated the centenary of the First World War. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 12, 2014. More than five million people have travelled to the Tower of London to see the work since the first ceramic flower was placed in the moat in July. See PA story MEMORIAL Remembrance. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire
Volunteers remove poppies from the moat of the Tower of London, as work begins dismantling the 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' installation, which captured the imagination of Britain as it commemorated the centenary of the First World War. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 12, 2014. More than five million people have travelled to the Tower of London to see the work since the first ceramic flower was placed in the moat in July. See PA story MEMORIAL Remembrance. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire
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The popularity of the poppy display at the Tower of London has been nothing short of phenomenal.

Thousands upon thousands of people have flocked to the capital to admire the astonishing piece of work created by Chesterfield artist Paul Cummins.

It has proved so popular that it has now been announced that the ceramic poppies will go on tour around the UK. If there is any justice the poppies will pay a visit here to Chesterfield, the home town of its creator.

VIDEO: Tower of London poppies - volunteers remove commemorative ceramic flowers from Chesterfield artsist’s display

It would be a fitting tribute to the artist, and would be greatly appreciated by many in Chesterfield, and across Derbyshire.

Sadly, in all likelihood this is unlikely to happen, and our town will probably be overlooked in favour of ‘bigger’ towns and cities. Places that the decision makers in Westminster and Whitehall deem more fashionable and important.

Remembrance Sunday services were held across the Chesterfield area at the weekend, and it was fantastic to see that they were so well attended.

It is now a century since the Great War began, but people will never forget the sacrifices made during that bloody conflict, and the wars that have followed in the 100 years since.

There is comprehensive coverage of the local Remembrance Sunday parades on pages 8,9, 26, 40 and 41 of this week’s Derbyshire Times and online at derbyshiretimes.co.uk