Children prepare to pay their respects
SOUTHPORT schools will come together on Friday, November 9, to commemorate the centenary of the end of WWI.
Every school in the Southport Learning Partnership will send two school councillors as representatives at St Cuthbert’s, where a service will be held with guests including a plane, the mayor, and the niece of one of Southport’s Victoria Cross recipients.
Nick Sheeran, headteacher at Birkdale Primary, organised the event.
He said: “We felt as the Southport Learning Partnership, so all the headteachers in Southport, we wanted to do something with it being the 100 years anniversary of the end of the First World War and also the 100th anniversary of the RAF, we agreed we should have school council involved somehow.
“I knew about George Masters, which is an incredible story; what he did during the First World War as an ambulance driver, he came from Southport and went on to become a VC medal recipient.
“He went out and cleared the path into the trenches in his ambulance.
“He was shot at, he was shelled, even had a bomb dropped from a plane to try and take him out, but he managed to rescue 17 people.
“We thought we should do something maybe around remembrance but also give a mention to him, I managed to track down one of his nieces so we’ve got Judy Masters coming along as well.
“The mayor’s coming, North West Tonight and Granada Reports are also interested, and I’m trying to get a WWI ambulance down if they can make it.”
Also in attendance will be a replica Sopwith Camel plane bought by the members of the Southport Learning Partnership to assist learning in history.
“It’s just for half an hour, what each school is going to do its own work in schools, artwork linked to the First World War.
“They’re taking photos of those and putting them in the centre of a wreath,
“Hopefully each school will bring that along on Friday, we’re going to have a short service in the church, we’re going to go outside and stand by the plane for a spectacular photograph and we’re going to have a two minute silence.
“We’re hoping to have Last Post being played by one of the Sefton Music Service’s trumpet teachers.
“It’s going to be quite a moving event for the children.”
Pte Richard George Masters, VC