Public Services students pay tribute to the fallen

Bradford College Public Services students lay crosses to mark the Armistice

Public Services students from Bradford College laid crosses in honour of fallen soldiers as part of a service to mark the centenary of The Armistice which brought the First World War to an end.

More than 60 students from the college took part in the Cross of Sacrifice Service of Remembrance ceremony at Undercliffe Cemetery on Friday morning.

A total of 275 wooden crosses were laid at the ceremony, representing the soldiers, sailors and airmen from ‘The Great War’ who are known and remembered at Undercliffe Cemetery.

Chloe Mason, a student on the Level 3 Public Services course, was among a number of speakers to read aloud the names of the 275 fatalities as the small wooden crosses were placed in the ground.

As well as the college students, pupils from a host of local primary and secondary schools also laid crosses at the poignant event that was also attended by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Yorkshire, Roger Whittaker, the Deputy Lord and Deputy Lady Mayoress of Bradford Cllr Martin and Mrs Katie Smith.

Conrad Williams, public services tutor at Bradford College, said: “I am extremely proud of our students who behaved with respect, integrity and passion as they participated in the ceremony, laying crosses and providing a guard of honour.”

Allan Hillary, Chair of Undercliffe Cemetery Charity, said: “The importance of this Service of Remembrance is not just about what we have lost in the past. It is essential that we recognise not only the sacrifice and pain that all conflict heaps upon us but also the ideals of peace, bravery and humanity that it can inspire.

“Thank you to all the participating representatives of the Armed Forces, churches, schools, the college and community organisations for their attendance and goodwill.”

To find out more about Public Services courses at Bradford College, come along to the Open Event on 8 December 2018. BOOK HERE.