The Leigh Academy welcomed students from Dartford Primary Academy and their new students from the Milestone Satellite at The Leigh to its Remembrance Service today. LAT’s Chief Executive, Simon Beamish and HR Manager Frank Lawrence represented the Trust and the academy had the honour to welcome back special guests Harry Chapman (Secretary of the local Royal British Legion) and Ted Needham (D-Day Veteran).
Some of The Leigh’s students who are members of the air cadets performed a military tribute on the drums to start proceedings. There was also a musical performance of ‘In Flanders Fields’ from Ayodele Omolulu and Amy Best. The traditional readings and laying of the wreaths in the Wintergardens was well respected by the 1,500 staff and students that lined the balconies. Ceramic poppies that were part of the installation at the Tower of London, created by Paul Cummins were replanted before the two minutes silence. At the end of the service, Miss Philaja played the Last Post on her trumpet before the exhortation closed what was a very moving tribute to those servicemen and women who have fallen in conflicts around the world.
See Leigh TV’s video of the service here.