Respects paid to fallen brave

Students from Houghton Kepier Sports College pay their respects on Remembrance Day.
Students from Houghton Kepier Sports College pay their respects on Remembrance Day.
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PUPILS at a city school paid their own tributes to the fallen heroes on Remembrance Day.

The young people at Houghton Kepier Sports College wanted to take part in the special events as a mark of respect to those who died.

Youngsters from Houghton Kepier Sports College pay their respects on Remembrance Day.

Youngsters from Houghton Kepier Sports College pay their respects on Remembrance Day.

Dave Brennan, community development manager at the Dairy Lane academy, said: “At 11am on November, 11, 2011, staff and learners at Houghton Kepier Sports College observed two minutes’ silence in memory of the estimated 20million killed during the First World War and those who have lost their lives in other conflicts around the world.

“The tribute was led by Ben Hall, who played a haunting rendition of The Last Post and was attended by staff and some of our learners who are members of the armed forces cadets.

“As you would expect, the silence was impeccably observed around the academy by our learners.

“Thank you to them and especially Lcpl Ryan Ambler, Cadet Zach Forster, Cadet Natasha Ambler, Cadet Jake Mason, Cadet Daniel Longhorn and Cadet Daniel Johnson.”

As well as the service in the school building, a small party representing the academy walked to the cenotaph in Houghton to lay a wreath of poppies.

The group, which included Cadets Paul Young and Blake Longstaff, students Jack Pattinson and Rebecca Lackenby and staff members, Christine Norton and Carole Brown, met with armed forces veterans and viewed the memorials inside the church.

Nicky Cooper, headteacher at Houghton Kepier Sports College, said: “All our learners actively took part in our remembrance ceremony at the school, but also many of our learners took part in services on the Sunday.

“I am extremely proud of them and it is with great respect that I support the high profile of events to ensure that we do not forget those brave men and women.”