Priestley remembers

MORE than 200 people gathered at Priestley College for a remembrance service on Friday.

Organised by Public Services students, the event was attended by servicemen, dignitaries, neighbours and students.

Student Jamie Harris, who helped organise the event, said: “Without the men and women that fought in world wars and past conflicts we wouldn’t be here today in the capacity we are today so I think it is important we remember them for what they did.”

Priestley invited residents from neighbouring streets to join the service and two-minute silence.

The Last Post was played by Mark Blakeson, a number of wreaths were laid by representatives from the Armed Forces as well as local cadets and there were readings of In Flanders Fields as along with ‘the reply’.

Speaking afterwards, Derek Fletcher, a former sergeant in the Royal Tank Regiment, said: “It was a pleasure to be involved in the service at Priestley College today.

“It was rather unexpected to see so many people, particularly so many young people, celebrating the remembrance of our forefathers from the First and Second World Wars.”

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