Three hundred Whittlesey pupils form field of poppies outside church to mark the100th anniversary of Armistice Day

PUBLISHED: 11:56 13 November 2018 | UPDATED: 11:56 13 November 2018

Three hundred Whittlesey pupils form field of poppies outside church to mark the100th anniversary of Armistice Day. Picture: ADAM PALLISTER.

Three hundred Whittlesey pupils form field of poppies outside church to mark the100th anniversary of Armistice Day. Picture: ADAM PALLISTER.

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Three hundred Whittlesey pupils gathered from five local schools to mark the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day.

They were joined by the mayor, deputy mayor and local councillors. The event involved pupils from Park Lane Primary School, New Road Primary School, Alderman Jacobs Primary School, Coates Primary School and Sir Harry Smith’s Community College.

During the service, Reverend Nigel Whitehouse shared the origins of the poppy with the children, including extracts from the poem ‘In Flanders Fields’.

Some of the children were also proud to lay wreaths or share readings on behalf of their respective schools and classes.

Adam Pallister, a teacher at Park Lane Primary, said: “It was a delight to see such a large number of children from Whittlesey gathered together in unison for this event.

“They demonstrated their passion and honour through a rousing rendition of ‘Lord of All Hopefulness’ followed by the National Anthem to end the service.”

As an additional mark of respect, the children then congregated outside the church for a photograph.

Lined up smartly in their uniforms, the children bowed their heads and held up their poppies, creating a ‘field of poppies.’

Mr Pallister added: “The staff involved in the event were proud of each and every pupil as they showed a deep understanding and recognition of the sacrifice made by those who have fought for the freedom that we enjoy today.”

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