Words can’t express my disgust at the news that the Tower Hill Garden of Remembrance for sailors killed in two world wars ‘who have no graves but the sea’ will be covered over with a marquee and used as a venue for drunken parties for bankers and speculators at Christmas.


  1. Posted October 10, 2011 at 3:42 am | Permalink

    “You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone” (Joni Mitchell)

  2. john seriot
    Posted October 10, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

    This is revolting, an insult to the memory of those who gave their lives to make it possible for us to be alive today. I agree with George Simmers: words fail me to express my disgust.

  3. Posted October 11, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

    Thankfully the whole idea has now, it seems, been dropped.

    What baffles and depresses me is that anyone could have ever thought this was an appropriate or tasteful idea in the first place.

    • Posted October 11, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for spreading the good news, Alan.
      Yes, it’s immensely puzzling that this was ever considered appropriate. Not, I suppose, in the case of the event organisers and boozy bankers – one wouldn’t expect people like that to have much sensitivity or sense of history.
      But how could Tower Hamlets council have even considered this project? I suppose the answer is that the East End has changed.
      When Lutyens’ memorial to the merchant seaman was placed at Tower Hill in the early twenties, it must have seemed the obviously appropriate place, at the junction between the docklands and the City. Until the late fifties, there were cargo ships in the Pool of London, cranes all along the Thames. When merchant ships docked in London, the memorial was within easy walking distance, and would have been seen as sacred ground.
      But the docks moved to Tilbury (and everything was containerised). The East End lost a major industry, and its connection to the sea.
      In a time of cuts and shortages, getting money from something that no longer seemed to mean much to the local population must have seemed an easy option. I’m very glad they’ve changed their minds, though.

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