On Friday 10th November, first year BTEC Level 3 Public Services students held a Remembrance Parade at the college to pay tribute to all those who lost their lives in the service of their country.
The blustery and cold conditions did not deter the students from putting on a highly disciplined display in front of fellow students, staff as well as current and former servicepeople and their families.
The students marched in formation to the college front car-park where they were reviewed by the college principal, Jill Gray. Following short readings on the theme of remembrance, music student Robert Lambert played the Last Post and two minutes of silence was observed.
The parade was followed by a coffee morning for the guests which the students also organised.
Public Services student, Chloe Tipping, said, “It was very good to take part in the parade and spend four weeks practicing the drill. It made us realise on the day the sacrifices people gave for us.”
Paul Moran who teaches Public Services, said, “To see our students perform to such a fantastic standard, and in front of our distinguished guests was quite remarkable. Four weeks ago, they had never done drill before, so to see them complete it in such a respectful manner made us all very proud.”
One of the distinguished guests, Lt. Col. John Lighten from the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, himself a former student of the college, commented, “It was very poignant to see students taking the remembrance event so seriously and respectfully.”