On Sunday 9th November, I had the privilege of representing the school at a local Remembrance Day commemoration. This year was particularly special as it marked the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War. We met at the Astley Bridge detachment of the Royal British Legion, where we were promptly organised into a military-like formation by a former sergeant major.
During the short walk to St Paul’s Church, the sergeant shouted in ‘drill sergeant-esque’ tone, as he commanded us with the precision of a former service member. It was an unforgettable experience, especially as Mrs Harrison was constantly shuffling to keep in step in fear of being reprimanded. At the church, there was a procession of representatives of the local community, all coming together to pay respect to those who have sacrificed their lives in service for this country.
Attendees laid down wreaths in remembrance, with Sharples having its own. It was an honour to have taken part in the service, as it gave me a chance to represent the whole school in paying our deepest respect and gratitude to all those who have served in the defence of this nation, both current and past.
Article by Dominic Welsby.