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February 7, 2019

Pupils head to London to celebrate their ‘exceptional’ battlefields project

PUPILS from Fearns will be among just six selected school sat a prestigious London commemoration.

History GCSE pupils Ben Tudor and Brandon Mayor, both 15, were fortunate to be selected to take part in a tour of the First World War battlefields in March.

It was part of the commemorations of the Battle of Manchester Hill and after they returned to Rossendale they scripted and narrated a video on their research and the experience.

As a result, they have been invited to attend the National Legacy 110 Awards inrecognition of their ‘exceptional, innovative and engaging’ First World War post-tour project.

Next Wednesday November 7 they will take an early train from Preston and travel to the Capital to attend an event in the New Armouries Banqueting Suite at the Tower of London where certificates and prizes will be handed out.

Post trip Brandon researched Manchester Hill while Ben looked into the battalions that were present.

Ben said: “I will never forget the ceremony at Menin Gate when I laid a wreath. It was freezing and very lively because everyone wanted to be there.

“When it came to the wreath laying ceremony there was complete silence in memory of those who had died. I felt like there was a lot of pressure on me to make sure I got it right.”

Brandon said: “I will never forget the people that I met on the trip and I am still in contact with them.”

It will be Ben’s first time in London and he is hoping to get the chance to explore the city. All the pupils attending receive a free pass to look round the Tower of London.

They will be accompanied on the trip by former Head of Humanities at Fearns Mrs Cheshire and Humanities Teacher Miss Ashworth.

A further trip is being made this week by Fearns pupils Kalumn Ridgway and Dale Lord along with Mrs Ashworth.

They are on a four day First World War Centenary Battlefields Wilfred Owen Tour when they will visit Essex Farm Cemetery where John McCrae wrote 'In Flanders Fields' and attend a ceremony of the Last Post at Menin Gate. 

They will visit the Somme and Thiepval Memorial and then attend a special commemoration service at Orrs Cemetery where poet Wilfred Owen is buried; 100 years after his death.