A school hosted an incredible celebration of 100 years of the Royal British Legion, The Queen’s Jubilee and 40 years since the Falklands War

By Jill Dando News

The King Alfred School Academy hosted the Royal British Legion and the Mayor of Burnham-on-Sea for the amazing triple celebration.

Joined by special guests and dignitaries, students and staff at the 11-18 school in Highbridge, Somerset created an emotional tribute.

First they marked the 100 years of The Royal British Legion with the planting of a Rowan Tree – which produces the school’s colours through the year with blossom and bright red berries.

Then they unveiled a plaque for The Queen’s Jubilee.

Finally they enjoyed a wonderful cream tea afternoon where they were served by students. There were also displays of each of the three celebrations.

Students and staff had made dozens of displays from 100 years of history connected with the area, the school and the events.

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John Crosby, Chairman of Burnham and District Royal British Legion, was the guest of honour along with Mayor Lesley Millard and others from the RBL.

Mr Crosby was Royal Air Force Police for nine years from 1957 to 1966.

He said at the event: “I’m delighted to dedicate this Rowan Tree, chosen because of its blossom in the spring and bright red berries in the autumn – all school colours.

“I hope it grows and flourishes for many years to come.”

Mayor Lesley Millard said: “I was privileged to attend the commemoration celebrations and enjoyed the opportunity to meet the students. 

“It was good to see the work that the students had done around the British Legion and the Falklands War. 

“It is these life stories that help us to remember the sacrifice so many of our armed forces make every day, somewhere in the world. 

“I think that getting different generations together builds a joint understanding. I would like to see more of our community joining together to work to improve our town. We can learn so much from each other.”

Principal Dan Milford said: “This was a really lovely event. It was a real honour to host our special guests and to commemorate three massive events in the history of our school and country.”

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