Thursday, 11 August 2022

Schools combine to honour Armistice Day

A GIANT paper poppy made by Henley schoolchildren was unveiled on Armistice Day

A GIANT paper poppy made by Henley schoolchildren was unveiled on Armistice Day.

Pupils from Trinity, Valley Road, Sacred Heart and Badgemore primaries came together for a remembrance service at Makins recreation ground, off Greys Road.

Each school had made part of the poppy for the event, which was organised by the Gainsborough Residents? Association.

Each petal had one side in red and the other in white with the respective school?s logo while association provided the centre, stem and leaf. Below was sign saying ?Lest We Forget?.

Town councillor David Eggleton and Paula Isaac, both members of the association, attended the unveiling.

Cllr Eggleton said: ?It went very well. It was people pulling together and wouldn?t have been possible without all of them.

?It gives a good sense of community and benefits the kids as well.?

The service involved the children laying their respective petals on the ground to create the poppy before a welcome was given by Cllr Eggleton and Mrs Isaac.

John Green, chairman of Henley and Peppard Royal British Legion, wore First World War military clothing and spoke to the children about the history of the poppy and read the poem In Flanders Fields.

A recording of the Last Post performed by Brian Hughes, Henley and Oxfordshire Legion standard bearer, was then played before a two-minute silence.

Sacred Heart pupil Salma van Zyl Marrero, nine, said: "I really enjoyed learning all about remembrance and then making the poppy.?

Emma Francis, nine, who goes to Valley Road primary, said: ?I want to do it next year with all my friends.?

Before the service children from Sacred Heart planted poppy crosses on nearby Greys Road.

Henley Mayor Lorraine Hillier attended the event with Mayoress Susan George and fellow councillors Simon Smith and Kellie Hinton.

Councillor Hillier said: ?I would just like to thank all the schools for contributing to this and making such a wonderful poppy.

?You have all worked very hard on this for a very important ceremony. I would also like to thank Cllr Eggleton for his hard work.?

Cllr Eggleton said hoped to do something similar next year involving other schools.

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