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From Edinburgh to Dorset, Britain commemorates the fallen First World War soldiers ahead of the Armistice centenary with poignant poppy displays up and down the country

By Miranda Aldersley For Mailonline

Published: 16:32 EST, 7 November 2018 | Updated: 17:20 EST, 7 November 2018

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Major commemorations have been taking place nationwide this week in the run up to Sunday November 11, which marks the centenary of the end of the First World War (1914-1918). 

Secretary of State for Defence Gavin Williamson was out collecting donations for the Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal in Westminster today, while Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon visited the Lady Haig Poppy Factory in Edinburgh earlier in the week. 

Ten thousand torches have been lit near the moat of the Tower of London, with the display running for eight nights and ending on Armistice day.

Other artistic projects in London have been installed at Lord's cricket ground, the Imperial War Museum, the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford and Westminster Abbey.

Meanwhile impressive poppy displays can be seen up and down the country, including at Winchester Cathedral, Salisbury Cathedral, Hull Minster, St Peter Mancroft Church in Norwich, Hertford Castle and Liberton Kirk in Edinburgh. 

Secretary of State for Defence Gavin Williamson with Chelsea Pensioners Anthony Hunt and June Lowe collecting donations for the Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal in Westminster
Secretary of State for Defence Gavin Williamson with Chelsea Pensioners Anthony Hunt and June Lowe collecting donations for the Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal in Westminster

Secretary of State for Defence Gavin Williamson with Chelsea Pensioners Anthony Hunt and June Lowe collecting donations for the Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal in Westminster

British Secretary of State Gavin Williamson (L) joining with Chelsea Pensioners Anthony Hunt (C) to collect donations. The Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal is aiming to raise its highest ever total of 50 million GBP in this particularly significant year which marks 100 years since the end of the First World War
British Secretary of State Gavin Williamson (L) joining with Chelsea Pensioners Anthony Hunt (C) to collect donations. The Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal is aiming to raise its highest ever total of 50 million GBP in this particularly significant year which marks 100 years since the end of the First World War

British Secretary of State Gavin Williamson (L) joining with Chelsea Pensioners Anthony Hunt (C) to collect donations. The Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal is aiming to raise its highest ever total of 50 million GBP in this particularly significant year which marks 100 years since the end of the First World War

British Secretary of State Gavin Williamson joining Chelsea Pensioners Anthony Hunt (R) and June Lowe (L) to collect donations for The Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal in Westminster, central London, Britain 2018. Chelsea Pensioners have been collecting donations at the Ministry of Defence every day since the launch of the Poppy Appeal this year
British Secretary of State Gavin Williamson joining Chelsea Pensioners Anthony Hunt (R) and June Lowe (L) to collect donations for The Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal in Westminster, central London, Britain 2018. Chelsea Pensioners have been collecting donations at the Ministry of Defence every day since the launch of the Poppy Appeal this year

British Secretary of State Gavin Williamson joining Chelsea Pensioners Anthony Hunt (R) and June Lowe (L) to collect donations for The Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal in Westminster, central London, Britain 2018. Chelsea Pensioners have been collecting donations at the Ministry of Defence every day since the launch of the Poppy Appeal this year

Tommy silhouette of the 'There But Not There' project on display at Lord's cricket ground to mark the ECB's Cricket Remembers campaign for the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that brought to an end World War I
Tommy silhouette of the 'There But Not There' project on display at Lord's cricket ground to mark the ECB's Cricket Remembers campaign for the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that brought to an end World War I

Tommy silhouette of the 'There But Not There' project on display at Lord's cricket ground to mark the ECB's Cricket Remembers campaign for the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that brought to an end World War I

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May touches a wreath during a Service of Remembrance for members of the House of Commons and House of Lords in St Margaret's church in Westminster, central London, on November 6, 2018, to remember parliamentarians, parliamentary officers and staff who gave their lives during the First World War
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May touches a wreath during a Service of Remembrance for members of the House of Commons and House of Lords in St Margaret's church in Westminster, central London, on November 6, 2018, to remember parliamentarians, parliamentary officers and staff who gave their lives during the First World War

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May touches a wreath during a Service of Remembrance for members of the House of Commons and House of Lords in St Margaret's church in Westminster, central London, on November 6, 2018, to remember parliamentarians, parliamentary officers and staff who gave their lives during the First World War

Knitted poppies line the trunk and branches of a tree in Nailsworth, Gloucestershire to commemorate 100 years since the end of World War 1 
Knitted poppies line the trunk and branches of a tree in Nailsworth, Gloucestershire to commemorate 100 years since the end of World War 1 

Knitted poppies line the trunk and branches of a tree in Nailsworth, Gloucestershire to commemorate 100 years since the end of World War 1 

Britain's Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, walks past the Weeping Window ceramic poppies installation as she leaves the Imperial War Museum, in London, Britain, October 31
Britain's Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, walks past the Weeping Window ceramic poppies installation as she leaves the Imperial War Museum, in London, Britain, October 31

Britain's Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, walks past the Weeping Window ceramic poppies installation as she leaves the Imperial War Museum, in London, Britain, October 31

Chelsea pensioners John Hellewell (right) and Barrie Davey take a look around the workshop during a visit to the Lady Haig Poppy Factory in Edinburgh during the final preparations for this year's PoppyScotland Appeal and Remembrance Day
Chelsea pensioners John Hellewell (right) and Barrie Davey take a look around the workshop during a visit to the Lady Haig Poppy Factory in Edinburgh during the final preparations for this year's PoppyScotland Appeal and Remembrance Day

Chelsea pensioners John Hellewell (right) and Barrie Davey take a look around the workshop during a visit to the Lady Haig Poppy Factory in Edinburgh during the final preparations for this year's PoppyScotland Appeal and Remembrance Day

Chelsea pensioners John Hellewell (left) and Barrie Davey visit the Lady Haig Poppy Factory in Edinburgh ahead of Remembrance Day
Chelsea pensioners John Hellewell (left) and Barrie Davey visit the Lady Haig Poppy Factory in Edinburgh ahead of Remembrance Day

Chelsea pensioners John Hellewell (left) and Barrie Davey visit the Lady Haig Poppy Factory in Edinburgh ahead of Remembrance Day

Nearly 3000 woollen poppies have been hung on the railings outside Winchester Cathedral, Hampshire to recall the poppy fields of Flanders
Nearly 3000 woollen poppies have been hung on the railings outside Winchester Cathedral, Hampshire to recall the poppy fields of Flanders

Nearly 3000 woollen poppies have been hung on the railings outside Winchester Cathedral, Hampshire to recall the poppy fields of Flanders

Canon Nick Fennemore, Chaplain of Winchester Cathedral looks at the woollen poppies have been hung on the railings outside the Cathedral in Hampshire
Canon Nick Fennemore, Chaplain of Winchester Cathedral looks at the woollen poppies have been hung on the railings outside the Cathedral in Hampshire

Canon Nick Fennemore, Chaplain of Winchester Cathedral looks at the woollen poppies have been hung on the railings outside the Cathedral in Hampshire

The wollen poppy art installation will remain at Winchester Cathedral until 19 November, as part of First World War commemorations
The wollen poppy art installation will remain at Winchester Cathedral until 19 November, as part of First World War commemorations

The wollen poppy art installation will remain at Winchester Cathedral until 19 November, as part of First World War commemorations

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon makes a poppy wreath in the workshop at the Lady Haig Poppy Factory in Edinburgh on Monday 
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon makes a poppy wreath in the workshop at the Lady Haig Poppy Factory in Edinburgh on Monday 

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon makes a poppy wreath in the workshop at the Lady Haig Poppy Factory in Edinburgh on Monday 

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is presented with a poppy by veteran Alastair Skene in the workshop at the Lady Haig Poppy Factory in Edinburgh, during the final preparations for this year's PoppyScotland Appeal and Remembrance Day
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is presented with a poppy by veteran Alastair Skene in the workshop at the Lady Haig Poppy Factory in Edinburgh, during the final preparations for this year's PoppyScotland Appeal and Remembrance Day

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is presented with a poppy by veteran Alastair Skene in the workshop at the Lady Haig Poppy Factory in Edinburgh, during the final preparations for this year's PoppyScotland Appeal and Remembrance Day

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon signs the visitors book during a visit to the workshop at the Lady Haig Poppy Factory in Edinburgh
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon signs the visitors book during a visit to the workshop at the Lady Haig Poppy Factory in Edinburgh

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon signs the visitors book during a visit to the workshop at the Lady Haig Poppy Factory in Edinburgh

Volunteers from the 1st Battalion of the Royal Anglians help to lay some of the 72,396 shrouded figures that form part of the 'Shroud of the Somme' exhibition in London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, in Stratford
Volunteers from the 1st Battalion of the Royal Anglians help to lay some of the 72,396 shrouded figures that form part of the 'Shroud of the Somme' exhibition in London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, in Stratford

Volunteers from the 1st Battalion of the Royal Anglians help to lay some of the 72,396 shrouded figures that form part of the 'Shroud of the Somme' exhibition in London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, in Stratford

Captain James Pugh from the 1st Battalion of the Royal Anglian Regiment views some of the 72,396 shrouded figures that form part of the 'Shroud of the Somme' installation by British artist Rob Heard, in London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, in Stratford, London, Britain November 7, 2018
Captain James Pugh from the 1st Battalion of the Royal Anglian Regiment views some of the 72,396 shrouded figures that form part of the 'Shroud of the Somme' installation by British artist Rob Heard, in London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, in Stratford, London, Britain November 7, 2018

Captain James Pugh from the 1st Battalion of the Royal Anglian Regiment views some of the 72,396 shrouded figures that form part of the 'Shroud of the Somme' installation by British artist Rob Heard, in London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, in Stratford, London, Britain November 7, 2018

Poppy crosses at Westminster Abbey's Field of Remembrance in central London. The scarlet poppies on Remembrance Crosses are laid out by the Poppy Factory in over 230 plots for Regimental and other Associations
Poppy crosses at Westminster Abbey's Field of Remembrance in central London. The scarlet poppies on Remembrance Crosses are laid out by the Poppy Factory in over 230 plots for Regimental and other Associations

Poppy crosses at Westminster Abbey's Field of Remembrance in central London. The scarlet poppies on Remembrance Crosses are laid out by the Poppy Factory in over 230 plots for Regimental and other Associations

Poppy crosses at Westminster Abbey's Field of Remembrance in central London. Reports state that on 08 November The Duke of Edinburgh will open The Royal British Legion Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey
Poppy crosses at Westminster Abbey's Field of Remembrance in central London. Reports state that on 08 November The Duke of Edinburgh will open The Royal British Legion Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey

Poppy crosses at Westminster Abbey's Field of Remembrance in central London. Reports state that on 08 November The Duke of Edinburgh will open The Royal British Legion Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey

People observe an installation titled Coming Home by the artist Martin Waters at Holy Trinity Parish Church (now Hull Minster) in Hull
People observe an installation titled Coming Home by the artist Martin Waters at Holy Trinity Parish Church (now Hull Minster) in Hull

People observe an installation titled Coming Home by the artist Martin Waters at Holy Trinity Parish Church (now Hull Minster) in Hull

A woman takes a photograph of an installation titled Coming Home by artist Martin Waters at Hull Minster. The thousands of Red Remembrance Poppies were collected, with the help of many donations, for the Poppy Installations at Holy Trinity Parish Church (now Hull Minster), in Hull

The poppy display at St Augustine's Church, Even Swindon on November 6, 2018 in Wiltshire, United Kingdom. The armistice ending the First World War between the Allies and Germany was signed at Compiegne, France on eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month - 11am on the 11th November 1918. This day is commemorated as Remembrance Day with special attention being paid for this year's centenary
The poppy display at St Augustine's Church, Even Swindon on November 6, 2018 in Wiltshire, United Kingdom. The armistice ending the First World War between the Allies and Germany was signed at Compiegne, France on eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month - 11am on the 11th November 1918. This day is commemorated as Remembrance Day with special attention being paid for this year's centenary

The poppy display at St Augustine's Church, Even Swindon on November 6, 2018 in Wiltshire, United Kingdom. The armistice ending the First World War between the Allies and Germany was signed at Compiegne, France on eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month - 11am on the 11th November 1918. This day is commemorated as Remembrance Day with special attention being paid for this year's centenary

Some of the 1300 poppies that are currently hanging from the roof inside St Augustine's Church, Even Swindon, to represent the lives lost in the local area during World War 1
Some of the 1300 poppies that are currently hanging from the roof inside St Augustine's Church, Even Swindon, to represent the lives lost in the local area during World War 1

Some of the 1300 poppies that are currently hanging from the roof inside St Augustine's Church, Even Swindon, to represent the lives lost in the local area during World War 1

More than 15,000 poppies, hand made by local craft groups, schools and care homes are displayed at Hertford Castle to mark the centenary of the end of First World War, in Herftord, Britain, November 6, 2018
More than 15,000 poppies, hand made by local craft groups, schools and care homes are displayed at Hertford Castle to mark the centenary of the end of First World War, in Herftord, Britain, November 6, 2018

More than 15,000 poppies, hand made by local craft groups, schools and care homes are displayed at Hertford Castle to mark the centenary of the end of First World War, in Herftord, Britain, November 6, 2018

A knitted decoration showing a Tommy paying his respects to a fallen soldier, made to commemorate Armistice Day in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire
A knitted decoration showing a Tommy paying his respects to a fallen soldier, made to commemorate Armistice Day in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire

A knitted decoration showing a Tommy paying his respects to a fallen soldier, made to commemorate Armistice Day in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire

Poppy tributes outside Liberton Kirk in Edinburgh, where sixteen thousand poppies have been installed to mark the centenary of armistice at the end of the First World War
Poppy tributes outside Liberton Kirk in Edinburgh, where sixteen thousand poppies have been installed to mark the centenary of armistice at the end of the First World War

Poppy tributes outside Liberton Kirk in Edinburgh, where sixteen thousand poppies have been installed to mark the centenary of armistice at the end of the First World War

Poppy decorated Police car showing the force's support to the Royal British Legion's annual appeal makes an appearance in West Bay. Lord Lieutenant of Dorset Angus Campbell poses with the car Poppy Police Car, Dorset
Poppy decorated Police car showing the force's support to the Royal British Legion's annual appeal makes an appearance in West Bay. Lord Lieutenant of Dorset Angus Campbell poses with the car Poppy Police Car, Dorset

Poppy decorated Police car showing the force's support to the Royal British Legion's annual appeal makes an appearance in West Bay. Lord Lieutenant of Dorset Angus Campbell poses with the car Poppy Police Car, Dorset

Poppies attached to puttees, leg wrappings worn by soldiers during World War 1, hang down in the Morning Chapel inside Salisbury Cathedral, ahead of the reading of Royal Artillery's Armistice Roll of Honour, containing the names of their fallen World War One comrades
Poppies attached to puttees, leg wrappings worn by soldiers during World War 1, hang down in the Morning Chapel inside Salisbury Cathedral, ahead of the reading of Royal Artillery's Armistice Roll of Honour, containing the names of their fallen World War One comrades

Poppies attached to puttees, leg wrappings worn by soldiers during World War 1, hang down in the Morning Chapel inside Salisbury Cathedral, ahead of the reading of Royal Artillery's Armistice Roll of Honour, containing the names of their fallen World War One comrades

An incredible display of 15,000 knitted and crocheted poppies have gone on show at a church to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One. The handmade red flowers at St Peter Mancroft Church in Norwich, Norfolk represent each fallen soldier named on a war memorial in the county
An incredible display of 15,000 knitted and crocheted poppies have gone on show at a church to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One. The handmade red flowers at St Peter Mancroft Church in Norwich, Norfolk represent each fallen soldier named on a war memorial in the county

An incredible display of 15,000 knitted and crocheted poppies have gone on show at a church to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One. The handmade red flowers at St Peter Mancroft Church in Norwich, Norfolk represent each fallen soldier named on a war memorial in the county

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