On Friday evening our Westholme community gathered to respectfully remember all these events and pay tribute to those who gave their lives in service of their countries.
We enjoyed a wonderful night of song, verse, dance, drama and music, reflecting the times from 1914 – 1945. Our stage was decorated beautifully with poppies made by our students. We sold our poppy keyrings designed by the DT Department and collected donations for the Royal British Legion, both of which came to a grand total of £710!
In addition to moving moments of poignancy and reflection, a packed Theatre concluded the evening singing together ‘Pack Up Your Troubles’, ‘It’s a Long Way to Tipperary’ and ‘We’ll Meet Again’ – it was an uplifting evening and a fitting commemoration by our Junior and Senior School students. My sincere thanks to all the staff who helped stage the performance, provided hospitality and enabled the concert to run smoothly. To the students aged 9 to 18 years, we were all bowled over by their confidence, maturity and talent – well done to all involved.
On Sunday, Westholme also took part in the annual Civic Service and Parade of Remembrance at Blackburn Cathedral and laid a poppy wreath in the Remembrance Gardens in Corporation Park. It was a solemn and respectful occasion where our students represented Westholme with pride in our local community. Our formal assembly in school this morning was equally important. We observed the 2 minutes silence in a moving service led by the Humanities Faculty and History Department. Eve Sulway’s evocative presentation of Wilfred Owen’s ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’ was powerful and stirring and, as Tom Stevens played ‘The Last Post’ and the Reveille, the theatre was still and quiet. Afterwards, the poppy wreath was laid at the base of the Westholme flagpole by student and cadet Fraser Burns.