Re­gion remembers the fallen 100 years on

The Chronicle - - Front Page - By HAN­NAH GRAHAM Re­porter han­nah.graham@reach­ @Han­nahGra­ham21

A DAY of re­mem­brance ac­tiv­i­ties helped chil­dren un­der­stand the sac­ri­fices made by ser­vice­men and women since the First World War.

Teach­ers at Joseph Swan Academy in Gateshead linked all their lessons to themes of re­mem­brance and com­mem­o­ra­tion on yesterday, as the 100th an­niver­sary of the end of the First World War ap­proached.

Guests from the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines, the Army, the Royal Ar­tillery, the Mil­i­tary In­tel­li­gence Team and the Royal Fusiliers helped stu­dents to un­der­stand what con­flict has been like in the cen­tury fol­low­ing what should have been the war to end all wars. A Spit­fire MK1X, a Hawker Hur­ri­cane Plane and a Fly­ing Flea re­con­nais­sance plane vis­ited the school, bring­ing his­tory to life for the stu­dents.

In lessons, chil­dren stud­ied sub­jects in­clud­ing the af­ter­math of the First World War on Bri­tish so­ci­ety, and also ex­am­ined top­ics in­clud­ing the roles of con-

ten­tious ob­jec­tors, and why some peo­ple choose to wear white pop­pies. The day ended with a solemn ser­vice of re­mem­brance.

Head­teacher Heather Scott said: “Re­mem­brance is part of mod­ern Bri­tish life, cul­ture and her­itage. We do th­ese work­shops, have th­ese in­stal­la­tions in­clud­ing planes and ex­hi­bi­tions and in­vite mil­i­tary per­son­nel in­clud­ing vet­er­ans and cur­rently serv­ing mil­i­tary to help our stu­dents truly un­der­stand re­mem­brance and what ac­tu­ally is the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice.

“We should never and can never for­get. We also must en­sure young peo­ple today both know and un­der­stand as the cus­to­di­ans of the fu­ture. We en­sure that as an academy com­mu­nity we re­mem­ber all those who have given the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice, so we can have the free­doms we have today. We will re­mem­ber them.”

A re­mem­brance ser­vice or­gan­ised by the Durham Light In­fantry As­so­ci­a­tion was also held at Saltwell Park in Gateshead yesterday.

Saltwell Park was the set­ting for a ser­vice or­gan­ised by the Durham Light In­fantry As­so­ci­a­tion yesterday ahead of the na­tion’s main com­mem­o­ra­tions to­mor­row

Richard Atkin­son with Quinn and Agnes from West New­cas­tle Academy at Saltwell Park, Gateshead. Inset, Gordon Hyl­ton

One of the vet­er­ans who at­tended the Saltwell Park event

Dy­lan Ea­ton, 11, of Joseph Swan School

Joseph Swan pupils dur­ing their day of Re­mem­brance-re­lated lessons

Deputy Lord Lieu­tenant John Robin­son with Joseph Swan pupil Neve Hails

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