Bradford College has today (11 November 2019) united to remember and respect those who lost their lives during World War I and other conflicts.
Hundreds of students gathered for a ceremony at the newly-created Garden of Remembrance between the David Hockney and Lister buildings. Hand-made poppies created by Progression to Learning & Work students, using empty plastic water bottles, were placed in the garden.
The students also created the wreath of poppies laid at the ceremony by Chief Executive Chris Webb. Music lecturer John Dey played the Last Post, which was followed by a two-minute silence.
The ceremony marked the launch of discussions and talks throughout the month on the themes of Conflict, Resolution and Remembrance. The display also paid tribute to those who lost their lives in conflicts around the world.
In the David Hockney building’s main reception an exhibition centred around Armistice Day was set up. Progression to Learning & Work students were among the first to visit the exhibition and try on pieces of military uniform and an SAS backpack.
Director of People Services Sarah Cooper, who served as a commissioned officer in the Territorial Army for eight years and has family in the Armed Forces including her sister who works as a Doctor and her brother in law who is a highly decorated Brigadier, was at the opening of the exhibition to demonstrate the kit, explaining how soldiers need to carry heavy equipment through some of the world’s toughest terrain when on operational tours. She also demonstrated the UK military march and salute.
She said: “I think having access to the military items really brings it all to life for students and allows them to share in the military experience.”
Among the soldiers highlighted in the exhibition was Bradford Technical College textile student assistant Willie Lassie, who was killed in action on 17 May 1916.
The exhibition, which features numerous other college artefacts, student art work and genuine military memorabilia, will be on display throughout November.