Bid­dick Academy falls silent at poignant ser­vice

STAFF AND PUPILS WERE JOINED BY MEM­BERS OF DURHAM ARMY AND AIR CADETS

Sunderland Echo - - News - By Pe­tra Sil­fver­ski­old pe­tra.sil­fver­ski­old@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @pe­trasil­fver

Pupils and staff at a Wash­ing­ton sec­ondary school were joined by army and air cadets as they paid their re­spects at a re­mem­brance ser­vice a cen­tury af­ter one of the blood­i­est bat­tles of the First World War.

Bid­dick Academy’s poignant an­nual re­mem­brance ser­vice was held in the Bid­dick Lane school’s Me­mo­rial Gar­den on Mon­day morn­ing.

This year marks the 100-year point since the Bat­tle of Pass­chen­daele.

Also known as the Third Bat­tle of Ypres it was one of the most no­to­ri­ous bat­tles of the war.

The bat­tle took place on the Western Front, from July to Novem­ber 1917, where hun­dreds of thou­sands of Bri­tish sol­diers lost their lives.

A group of young Durham Army Cadets and air cadets from lo­cal de­tach­ments took part in the pa­rade.

A bu­gler then played The Last Post dur­ing the time of re­flec­tion.

The poignant ser­vice was sup­ported by Re­mem­brance-re­lated lessons and ac­tiv­i­ties across the academy in the days lead­ing up to the ser­vice.

Year 11 stu­dent Stephen Plant was cho­sen to lay this year’s poppy wreath to com­mem­o­rate those who gave, and those who con­tinue to give their lives serv­ing the coun­try in con­flicts around the world.

The ser­vice was open to all mem­bers of the com­mu­nity,

Bid­dick Academy teach­ing as­sis­tant Ellen Met­calf is a lieu­tenant of the Durham Cadet­force­and­was­in­volved in or­gan­is­ing the re­mem­brance pa­rade.

The Re­mem­brance pa­rade at Bid­dick Academy. Young Army and Air Cadets take part in a Re­mem­brance ser­vice at Bid­dick Academy, Wash­ing­ton.

Young Army and Air Cadets take part in a Re­mem­brance ser­vice at Bid­dick Academy, Wash­ing­ton.

Stu­dents ob­serve the si­lence.

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