By Jill Dando News
This week millions of people observed the traditional two minutes’ Remembrance Day silence from their homes at 11am.
And Lily, 13, of Worle Community School Academy (WCSA), found her excellent performance of the Last Post beamed to thousands more in their homes via BBC Points West across Somerset, Bristol, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, and Dorset, and many more online.
Her amazing trumpet playing was used to start and end an incredible south-west montage of Remembrance Day, which also featured students and staff from The King Alfred School Academy (TKASA).
Lily said: “I am so delighted to have been able to play the Last Post to so many people. I did not expect that it would go so far on the TV and it was a real privilege to be involved.”
Over 5000 students and 700 staff in six schools of The Priory Learning Trust (TPLT) had been paying their respects on Remembrance Day
Priory Community School Academy, St Anne’s Church Academy, Castle Batch School Academy and Pawlett Primary School Academy also paid their respects.
The King Alfred School Academy conducted an open air socially distanced ceremony where students spoke out the name of every Burnham and Highbridge resident who had died in the wars. Priory Community School Academy also had an outside ceremony.
There were a large number of touching tributes made by pupils across the primary schools.
Year 2 pupils at St Anne’s Church Academy wore their Rainbow costumes to honour the war dead. They heard from Rev. Matthew how British soldiers surrendered at Arnhem singing Abide with Me and listened to the special words in the song.
Neville Coles, CEO of TPLT, said: “The tributes for Remembrance Day were very powerful.
“They were marked by every student and staff member across our schools. We will never forget those who laid down their lives.”
Remembrance Day is always marked on November 11 and is a memorial to remember those members of the armed forces who have fought and died in the line of duty.
The tradition was first started by King George V in 1919 to mark the end of World War 1, with hostilities formally ended “at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month”, in accordance with the armistice.