Students from St. Mary’s College in Crosby turned out in force to support a number of Remembrance Day events this week.
The whole school took part in a special ceremony to commemorate the time in 1918 that the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of continuous warfare.
As part of this service, the college paid tribute to former pupils who have been killed in action. Their names are recorded on a plaque within the school building.
Staff and students observed a two-minute silence to mark the poignant occasion, with the Last Post being played by 13-year-old pupil Daniel Frampton.
The exhortation was given by former teacher, Peter McColgan, who is still RAF Section Commander of the school’s Combined Cadet Force.
Mr McColgan’s son, Staff Sergeant Daniel McColgan, also attended the ceremony. Ssgt McColgan, a former St. Mary’s pupil, has seen active service in Iran, Afghanistan and elsewhere.
Students from St. Mary’s also sold poppies in Liverpool city centre for the fifth year running and were also involved in Sefton’s civic remembrance events.
Members of the Combined Cadet Force took part in the official ceremony at the Five Lamps memorial in Waterloo, and cadets and members of the school’s Symphonic Wind Band were also involved in the similar event staged at the War Memorial in Alexandra Park in Crosby.
Principal Mike Kennedy commented: “St. Mary’s has a strong affinity with the military because of the thriving cadet contingent which is based here at the school.
“For this reason, Remembrance Day is a very special event here, giving the whole school community the opportunity to honour the courage and sacrifice of the British men and women killed during two World Wars and other conflicts.”