Lest we forget – Fearns remembers
VETERANS and firefighters stood shoulder to shoulder with pupils from Fearns when the school held a Remembrance service.
In the Arts Theatre the Mayor and Mayoress of Rossendale, Councillor Colin Crawforth and his wife Denise, joined members of Veterans In Communities, governors, staff, parents and pupils.
The service was organised by Head of Humanities Mrs Cheshire and pupils from all year groups took part in the service. They explained the meaning of poppies and recited poetry including On Flanders Field.
Katriona Newell, 15, wore her army cadet uniform as she is a Lance Corporal while Poppy Wood, 14, was in her Air Training Corps uniform.
Katriona said: “I was apprehensive knowing I was going to be speaking in front of so many important people.
“All of the pupils were very respectful and a lot asked me about the uniform.”
Katriona has been in the force for four years and is soon to become a Corporal and plans to go on to army training in the engineering or medical field.
Poppy only recently joined the Air Training Corps but she said she was enjoying all the activities.
She said: “I was a bit nervous but I knew if I did everything right nothing would go wrong.
“It was nice with all the veterans and other people coming into school to experience our Remembrance.”
Pupils at the school concluded the service by laying home-made paper poppy wreathes they had made with personal messages written on each poppy.
Mrs Cheshire said: “We have had some excellent feedback from parents and people who came along to the service.
“I was very impressed with the pupils who spoke and with the pupils who were so respectful of the occasion.
“When we held the two minute silence you could have heard a pin drop. I am especially grateful to Head Boy Taite Johnson who stood in at the last minute to take the role of a pupil who was unable to deliver a reading.
“I am really, really proud of everyone who took part and hope to repeat it next year.”