Pershore Schools Armistice Service

This was held on 11th November in Pershore Abbey and Pershore Commemorative Garden. 

Nearly 400 people were in attendance this year, 350 of them children from Pershore High School, Abbey Park Middle and First Schools, Holy Redeemer Primary School, Cherry Orchard First School and St Nicholas C of E Middle School.

 

Before the service, two pupils from each school laid a wreath at the Commemorative Stone in Pershore Commemorative Garden, following a tradition started back in 2011 when the garden was first created.  Those reading were impeccable and the wreath layers showed the utmost respect and precision.  

 

During the service, 28 children representing each of the six schools spoke of the history of the world wars, the role of the Royal British Legion, the importance of the Remembrance poppy and the war memorials in the town.  Special mention was given this year of the centenary of the Battle of the Somme and the Battle of Jutland.  The children also spoke of the 60th anniversary of the Suez Canal Crisis and life during the Cold War.

 

The service was led by the Reverend Claire Lording and guests included the Mayor of Pershore Bob Gillmor, Frances Smith, the chairman of Wychavon District Council, Councillor John Smith, veterans from Pershore & District Branch Royal British Legion, Pershore Royal British Legion women's section and Pershore & District Royal Naval Association.