Chil­dren pre­pare to pay their re­spects

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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

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