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Royal Tunbridge Wells Together marks time for remembrance with ambitious clock tower display

The RTW Together Business Improvement District is counting down to the period of Remembrance for 2021 with a large-scale display in Royal Tunbridge Wells town centre. The BID will dress the clock tower in Calverley Precinct in a striking collection of artificial poppies and autumnal foliage, cascading down the legs and onto the base of the landmark. The project will run from November 1st until November 14th.

BID Director for RTW Together, Sarah-Jane Adams, explains “Remembrance is always an important time of year, and this year perhaps more than ever, we have reason to stop and reflect on not just those we’ve lost recently, but those who came before and the contribution that the Armed Forces have played for all of us, throughout history and still today. We hope this display will be a poignant way to mark the changing of the seasons, pay our respects to those who have and continue to serve their country, and provide a beautiful point of interest for the top end of Tunbridge Wells town centre.”

The commission for the piece has been awarded to town centre business The Cove, located in the High Street, themselves a BID member. The Cove was founded by Amy Lethbridge, florist, and gin guru and designer Phil Reid, and this is their first year of trading. Of their involvement in the project, Phil says: “We are super excited, and as a relatively new business in Tunbridge Wells, it’s been amazing to partake in something that’s so community centric, and showcase some of our creativity as a business. It’s special to do something that all of Tunbridge Wells can see and enjoy, and for such a meaningful reason.”

Local print firm Absolute Creative Print, based in Tonbridge, will be assisting with the install and providing the signage.

Use of the precinct clock tower is via kind permission of Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, who own the structure.

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