Joint Sopra and Steria team volunteers at de-installation of Tower of London Poppies

A joint Sopra and Steria team was fortunate enough to be among the day-one volunteers, helping with the de-installation of the poppies in the Tower Bridge moat.

As part of the second de-installation crew of the day, the team spent three hours carefully pulling poppies out of the ground, dismantling them and then packing them up; the poppies will next be sent for cleaning before being finally shipped to the thousands who have purchased them.

Each poppy represents the death of a British and Commonwealth soldier during World War One and we all felt very moved and privileged to be part of such a historic occasion.

More about the Tower Poppies

The first one of the 888,246 hand-made poppies was planted in July, while the last was put in place by 13-year-old cadet Harry Hayes on Tuesday 11th November. The exhibition was created by artist Paul Cummins as part of the build up to Armistice day, to help remember those who fought in World War One.

About 17,500 volunteers planted the poppies while a team of about 8,000 volunteers will dismantle them. It is thought about five million people have visited the artwork to date.

The Royal British Legion said it hoped the sale of the poppies - sold for £25 each - would raise in excess of £15m.

Learn more about the London Tower Poppies

About the Sopra Steria merger

Sopra Steria Group, a European leader in digital transformation, was established in September 2014 as a merger of Sopra with Steria.  With one of the most complete portfolios of offers in the market, and 35,000 professionals in over 20 countries, Sopra Steria Group had pro forma revenue of €3.1 billion in 2013. We have a strong local presence across the UK with over 5000+ people in locations in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.