Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

ALL-NIGHT VIGIL TO SEE POPPIES; LONDONERS FLOCK TO THE TOWER AFTER STANDARD WINS A REPRIEVE; PM Praises Our 'Powerful' Campaign

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

ALL-NIGHT VIGIL TO SEE POPPIES; LONDONERS FLOCK TO THE TOWER AFTER STANDARD WINS A REPRIEVE; PM Praises Our 'Powerful' Campaign

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Byline: Joe Murphy and Mark Blunden

LONDONERS stayed up "right through the night" to pay tribute at the ceramic poppy field at the Tower of London as the awe-inspiring display neared its climax.

Amid the solemnity, there was also jubilation that one of the capital's most breathtaking but short-lived artworks -- Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red -- was granted a stay of execution following the Evening Standard's Save Our Poppies campaign.

David Cameron, who announced plans to keep part of the exhibition open for longer, this morning gave credit to this newspaper for its "powerful" appeal. The Prime Minister said:

"The extraordinary poppy display at the Tower of London has caught the imagination of people across Britain and it was a privilege to visit it on Saturday with my family. I would like to congratulate the Evening Standard for leading a powerful campaign to ensure there was a lasting legacy from this poignant exhibition and I'm pleased an important section of this memorable display will now be saved permanently for the nation at the newly refurbished Imperial War Museum.

"It will help future generations remember the huge sacrifice British men and women down the ages have made for our freedom."

Mayor Boris Johnson said: "There have understandably been calls, led by this paper, to allow more people to see them. The authorities at the Tower of London have listened, and they have taken action.

"They deserve to be congratulated, just as they deserve congratulations for their courage in staging this display -- and without a penny, so far, of public support."

He added: "Yes, there will be a sense of loss and of bereavement among the public when the poppies finally go. That is sad, and inevitable; and it is also fitting and in perfect keeping with the message of that field of mortal flowers."

An astonishing four million people are expected to have viewed the display by the time the last poppy is planted just before 11am tomorrow. …

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