Poppies coup for Woodhorn is fantastic news

Wasn’t that fantastic news that Woodhorn Museum has been chosen as the first venue in the world outside London to display the inspirational ‘Weeping Window’ of poppies last seen cascading down one of the walls of the Tower of London?

Goodness only knows how many millions of people last year marvelled at the display of ceramic poppies assembled as a moving tribute to the 888,246 members of the British and Colonial forces who made the ultimate sacrifice in the First World War.

Centre-piece of what was a truly moving display was the ‘Weeping Window’ and it is truly almost beyond belief that in a few short weeks’ time visitors to Woodhorn will be able to see it.

What a feather in Woodhorn’s cap and further proof that it is now a museum of national importance.

There were some who questioned the Wansbeck Council decision to try to open the museum after the pit closed, but what a triumph it has turned out to be.

Woodhorn is, of course, the ‘home’ of the Pitmen Painters, whose story has been told the world over thanks to Lee Hall’s play, and the poppies’ display I have no doubt will attract thousands of visitors from across the region, who will also spend time seeing the paintings and touring the permanent exhibition.

So well done to Keith Merrin and his team. What a superlative achievement.