Alastair Stewart on The Cenotaph, Whitehall
The Cenotaph, Whitehall
The Cenotaph, literally, “empty tomb”, is the nation’s war memorial located in Whitehall, London.
Originally, it was to be a temporary structure of wood and plaster, erected for a peace parade at the end of World War I; following an outpouring of national sentiment it was replaced by a permanent structure, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, and built from Portland stone, between 1919 and 1920. An annual National Service of Remembrance is held at the site on Remembrance Sunday, the closest Sunday to 11 November (Armistice Day). Lutyens' simple design has been reproduced all over the world.
“Its terrible simplicity”, says newscaster Alastair Stewart, “rises up without apology, in honest recognition of something that went wrong,…. at the very heart of where we do our politics and crown our kings and queens.”
Alastair Stewart worked with VocalEyes Describer Wendy Moor on the description of The Cenotaph.
Alastair Stewart is one of the UK’s most experienced broadcast journalists and news presenters.
He currently presents ITN’s News at 1.30 pm and co-presents ITV News at 6.30 pm.
His career in television began in 1976 with ITV’s Southern Television as a reporter, industrial correspondent, presenter and documentary maker.
In 1989 he began to anchor ITN’s News at Ten, taking a year out to work as ITN’s Washington Correspondent. Four days after returning from Washington he was sent to Saudi Arabia, to cover the Gulf War. Alastair was the first British television reporter to broadcast live from the liberated Kuwait City.
Alastair’s experience came to the fore when he provided live coverage of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster as the details of the tragedy unfolded. A two minute news-flash became an unscripted, one hour special programme.
He has presented many of ITN’s other special programmes including the State Openings of Parliament, numerous by-elections and the Royal Weddings of the Prince and Princess of Wales and the Duke and Duchess of York.
In 2006, he was awarded the OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for his work in broadcasting and for charity.
Directions, Access and Additional Information
On exiting Westminster tube station, turn right and walk with your back to the Houses of Parliament. At the traffic lights turn right into Whitehall and continue past the Red Lion Public house. The Cenotaph is in the middle of the road just in front of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office which is on the opposite side of the road.
There is limited accessibility as the monument is in the middle of a very busy road.
Parking - Limited parking in adjacent side streets.
Westminster - Circle, District and Jubilee Lines
N44, N87 and 159