Youngsters remember the fallen in their new garden

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Students held a special event to remember the fallen in their newly created remembrance garden.

Whitley Bay High School took part in a special Remembrance Day on Tuesday, holding a number of events marking the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.

Whitley Bay High School Remembrance Service.'REF 1111140209

Whitley Bay High School Remembrance Service.'REF 1111140209

A group of Year 10 students developed the idea of creating a garden specifically to commemorate the war, taking pride of place next to the original memorial stone.

Every tutor group was given an individual servicemen from the region to look at, representing them on a wooden cross placed in the commemorative garden.

Activities also took place during the morning involving all Year groups plus representatives from local first and middle schools.

Students in the school drama studio read out the letters of soldiers who have fallen in various conflicts including the First and Second World Wars, Afghanistan and Iraq.

History teacher Deborah Britland said: “Not only did these letters cover a range of conflicts in the 20th and 21st century, but include the correspondence of not only servicemen, but the letters and accounts of loved ones at home.”

The pupils followed a procession of cadets to the ceremony, which saw the laying of wreaths, poetry readings and musical recitals.