Sunderland pupils create Field of Remembrance

Father Peter Garvie and the children of Broadway Junior School at the Rembrance Service last year.
Father Peter Garvie and the children of Broadway Junior School at the Rembrance Service last year.
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CHILDREN are inviting members of the community to join them in creating a Field of Remembrance.

Broadway Junior School in Sunderland will be creating the tribute with dedicated poppy crosses in time for a Service of Remembrance in the school grounds on Monday, November 11.

The event was held for the first time last year and now the school wants it to become even bigger with members of the community taking part.

Margarita Acklam, headteacher at the Springwell Road school, said: “We will have the poppy crosses in school and anyone is welcome to come along and write their own message on one and the children will plant them in the grounds at the front of the school.

“There will be people who have loved ones serving in Afghanistan who might want to join in, it is open to anyone to take part.

“Last year it was very moving reading some of the messages which people had written on the crosses.”

On Remembrance Day, at 11am, Father Peter Garvie, curate at St Mary and St Peter’s Church in Springwell, will bless the crosses in a small Service of Remembrance and the school said the event is open for anyone to attend.

Staff and children at Broadway Junior School have always done something special each year to mark Remembrance Day, including creating a giant poppy out of red handprints.

Last year because Sunderland does not have its own Field of Remembrance, the school decided to start one and is hoping it will become bigger each year.

Mrs Acklam said: “Last year the poppy crosses stayed in the field on view until March and they were never touched or harmed in any way.”

The crosses will be available at the school reception from Monday for anyone who would like to write a message on one.

They can also make a donation to the Royal British Legion.

If anyone would like more information about placing a cross in the Field of Remembrance or attending the Service of Remembrance, they can contact the school on 553 5980.