Portsmouth leader wants pictures of poppies projected on Southsea war monument to strength Tower of London exhibit bid

The war memorial on Southsea seafront is lit by an image of poppies during Victorious Festival ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (151290-213)
The war memorial on Southsea seafront is lit by an image of poppies during Victorious Festival ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (151290-213)

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PICTURES of poppies displayed on a war memorial at Victorious Festival could be used to strength the bid to bring the ‘weeping window’ attraction to Portsmouth.

The News revealed last month that an application was being drawn up by the city council and local partners to showcase a section of the Tower of London poppy monument at Southsea Castle.

It’s really important to me as someone coming from Portsmouth that we make as much of our military heritage as we possibly can.

Portsmouth City Council leader Donna Jones

Council leader Donna Jones says the application for the attraction, part of last year’s London display to mark 100 years since the start of the First World War, has now been submitted to war culture programme 14-18 NOW.

And in an extra effort for Portsmouth to win its bid, Cllr Jones wants to submit images of poppies featured on Portsmouth Naval Memorial on Southsea Common this weekend.

Cllr Jones, who also wants the monument display to become a regular feature at commemoration events, said: ‘It’s really important to me that we make as much of our military heritage as we possibly can.

‘Lighting up beautiful monuments such as this one really makes them stand out to the public.’

The council set up the display after Victorious co-organiser James Ralls came up with the idea.

Mr Ralls said: ‘I looked at the site plan and realised we were close to the memorial.

‘I thought it wouldn’t be right not to include the memorial, and I thought the best way to do something was to project the poppies onto it.

‘It’s great it’s being used as part of the Tower of London bid.

‘The more we can get for the city, the better.

‘We are a visitor destination more and more every year.’

The council is up against a number of organisations across the country who have put together bids for the weeping window, a section of the Tower of London display which saw thousands of poppies look as though they were pouring through one of its windows.

Portsmouth hopes to be a host next year to coincide with commemoration events taking place in the city to remember the thousands from Portsmouth’s battalions who fought and died during the Battle of the Somme in 1916.