We will remember them

Ruth Peterson | November 5, 2019

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.

Chief Executive Chris Webb lays a wreath of poppies
Chief Executive Chris Webb lays a wreath of poppies

Hand-made poppy wreath

The students also created the wreath of poppies laid at the ceremony by Chief Executive Chris Webb. Music tutor 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.

Bringing it all to life

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 brother in law Brigadier Charles Collins of the 7th Infantry Brigade, was at the opening of the exhibition to demonstrate the kit.

She explained how soldiers can carry as much as 70kg of equipment through some of the world’s toughest terrain. She also demonstrated the UK military step and salute.

She said: “I think having access to the kit really brings it all to life for students and allows them to share in the military experience.”

Former student Willie Lassie honoured

The exhibition, which features college artefacts, student art work and genuine military memorabilia, will be on display throughout November. 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.

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