Pupils remember our war heroes

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Pupils at a Leigh school held their own assembly to remember all those who have served, been injured or lost their lives in both World Wars and more recent conflicts.

Led by Y6 children, the pupils of St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Mather Lane, through drama, told the story of the announcement of war, children being evacuated and soldiers being enlisted and killed.

Four children read the stories of their own relatives who had served in the First and Second World wars and prayers were said for those who have died.

The most poignant moment came when Alex Hough, an ex-St Joseph’s pupil and now in Y7 at St Mary’s Astley, played the Last Post on the cornet whilst Lance Corporal Matthew Ward, a serving soldier recently returned from Iraq gave the salute.

Meanwhile, young people from Bedford High School also paid their respects when Year 11 Enterprise Leaders joined the ranks in services at War Memorials in Leigh, Atherton and Tyldesley to lay wreaths on behalf of the school.

Headteacher Stephen Preston, said: “Former pupils from Bedford have been involved in many of the major conflicts whilst serving in the Armed Forces and we believe in instilling our pupils with an appreciation of what they had to endure.”