Branston marks Armistice Day across generations

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Generations of children, adults and pensioners came together to commemorate Armistice Day in Branston.

Nearly 200 pupils from all three schools in Branston – secondary, primary and infant – joined residents of the care home, governors, retired staff and representatives of service families to mark the day.

Parish councillors, members of the Royal British Legion and friends of the school also attended.

The event, which took place at Branston Community Academy, involved drama, poetry and singing. Guests were also served afternoon tea.

The academy staged the event as the culmination of a series of activities designed to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One.

One of the displays created by students.

Students at the three schools – as well as both village nurseries – created displays including replica tanks, wrote poetry and produced special works of art. They also recreated a piece by Antony Gormley made using lots of individual figures created by students and staff.

The model figures will now be given a permanent place of residence at the academy as a lasting memory of the 100th anniversary.

Individual figures created by students and staff.

Assistant principal Caroline Hewerdine said: “To have the whole village come together to commemorate the event was fitting.

“We wanted the pupils and children to get an understanding of the sacrifices made and a real sense of how important it is be part of the community.

“We were honoured that representatives of the armed services were in attendance. Conflicts still go on and we should continue to be grateful for those that risk their lives for us.”