Monday, 27 September 2021

Pupils learn importance of remembrance from veterans

TWO former servicemen spoke to students at Icknield Community College in Watlington after a special remembrance assembly

TWO former servicemen spoke to students at Icknield Community College in Watlington after a special remembrance assembly and service.

Derek Elliott, 88, of Chapel Street, and navy veteran Ken Cook, 91, of Orchard Walk, were joined by caretaker Bob Thomas.

Mr Cook, who served on motor torpedo boats during the Second World War, said the idea was to explain the importance of the Poppy Appeal to the students. “It’s good that they know what happened and they were very interested,” he said.

Jim Stubbs, secretary of the Watlington branch of the Royal British Legion, told the students: “You can carry remembrance through your life and I hope you will talk about that to future generations.”

The assembly was led by the Rev Angie Paterson, associate priest for the Benefice of Icknield, who lit a candle as a symbol of hope. A two-minute silence was held before the



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was sounded by students Oli Shaw, Sam McCrindle and Ben Fenwick followed by

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Head boy Marc Leaney, 16, said the veterans’ visit helped the students to better understand the war and the significance of remembrance.

“If it weren’t for them we probably wouldn’t be here,” he added.



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