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Tower poppy: How you plan to display your poppy

Members of the public who purchased Tower of London poppies have started to receive them in the post.

The Tower of London says volunteers have been removing around 75,000 poppies each day since 12 November and half of the 888,246 ceramic poppies have now been removed.

The last poppy is scheduled to be removed on 28 November but a Tower of London spokeswoman said it could be sooner.


Leigh Burgess in London

I'm very proud to receive my five poppies. Many people prefer not to display them but I want mine to be shown to everyone who comes into my home.

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Image caption Leigh Burgess wants to display his poppy for all his friends to see

I was one of the volunteers who planted the poppies. My daughter was about to fly to Australia but I went to plant poppies instead because it's history that will never be repeated.

When I visited the Tower I saw my friend's parent crying when they saw the poppies. We can't begin to understand what they feel, what went through, but we can be proud of them.

One of the poppies is for me, one for my mother and the other three are for close friends.


Barbara Johnson in Derbyshire

I received my two poppies on Wednesday, which was a surprise to me, I didn't expect to see them until after Christmas.

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Image caption The two poppies Barbara Johnson bought are in memory of family members who served in wars

I ordered the poppies in August, one for me and one for my sister.

On 6 November we went down to the Tower of London to visit the art installation. It was lovely, although there were queues everywhere. We took pictures, despite the rain. It didn't look like it did in many of the professional photos but we saw what wanted to.

I will keep them at home in boxes in memory of our mother and father who served in World War II and my grandfather who was a prisoner of war in World War I.


Ciara Droy in London

I visited the art installation about six weeks ago and it was beautiful. I have now received my poppy.

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Image caption Ciara Droy says her poppy will be a constant reminder of those who gave their lives

It will take pride of place on display in my front room alongside a commemorative coin I bought. It will serve as a constant memory and honour of past, present and future soldiers.

I think it's an appropriate, subtle reminder of what was lost in order for us to live today.

Nigel Barnett in London

I ordered two poppies a month ago but I have not received them yet.

I buy poppies every single year but this is a unique opportunity. Not everyone is going to get one of these poppies.

I'm hoping to receive them in time for Christmas because I've bought them for my father and father-in-law.

My father served in the Korean War and my father-in-law served in the army at the end of the Second World War and brought a German woman back to be his wife.


Beatrice Gardner in Scotland

My poppy was delivered on Monday, very speedy indeed.

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Image caption Beatrice Gardner's poppy is going to be a special birthday gift

I saw the poppies on the BBC News website months ago and I decided to get one for my soon-to-be 94-year-old mother-in-law. Her older brother, John Boa, was killed in the Great War in 1918. She wasn't born then of course but she was named after him and was christened Johan Lambert Boa.

Although she never met him he influenced her life greatly. Her mother never got over the loss and her brother was ever present in their lives.

She saw the poppies on TV and thought they looked wonderful, we were all very touched by the display. Sadly it was just too far to take her to see them in person.

She told me that her mother would be very pleased with the display and with the fact that we got one in memory of John. So the poppy will be our gift to her on her birthday on December.

Interviews by Khanim Javadova