As the guns fell silent on the Western Front at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, so today did Lord Lawson of Beamish Academy as we gathered together for our annual Remembrance Service.
Many of our students who are members of uniformed youth organisations, representing the Army Cadet Force, Air Training Corps, Scouts, Girl Guides, St John Ambulance, Fire Cadets and Boys Brigade, attended school in their service uniforms today, and played a pivotal role in the proceedings by forming an honour guard for the service. Our students were joined on parade by many local veterans and organisations, including the Fellowship of the Services, Birtley Heritage Group and SSAFA,the Sailors, Soldiers, Airmen and Families Association, and also Deputy
Lieutenant for Tyne and Wear, Mr Frank Major MBE. Opening the service our Head Boy, Jack McGough, and Head Girl, Hanna McDougall, spoke about how it is ever more important that we do remember, and honour, the courage and sacrifice of those who gave their lives in war and also those who have lived and died in the service of mankind. Two of our students on parade, Sam Dawson and Hannah Sanderson, then poignantly reminded everyone of why we wear a poppy, causing us to reflect on the gravity of the occasion before the names of those in our school and local community whom we remember were read out and wreaths were laid to honour all of these memories.
Enclosing an Academy-wide two-minute silence was a moving rendition of the Last Post and Reveille, performed by Kieran Taylor, before our Academy Principal, Mark Lovatt, delivered an emotive and reflective poem to conclude an emotional Act of Remembrance.
After the service our guests were treated to a stirring delivery of some wartime classic songs by our very talented Year 12 music group, causing many in the audience to sing and sway along in recollection of fond and treasured memories.
Our service was a fitting tribute to the price paid by those who came before, with an exemplary display from everyone involved. We will remember them.