Friday 10th November saw the annual remembrance service at Darwen Vale High school. It began with a presentation by students in the hall. This was attended by over 40 VIPs, including the Mayor of Darwen, the Deputy Mayor and Mayoress of Blackburn. Also in attendance members of the British Legion, Grammarions, School governors, local business leaders as well as serving members of the forces.
What made the day special was the unveiling of the banner created by Year 8 student Ellie Gaynor and more than a dozen of the school’s children who represented the cadet forces superbly. Following the presentation all VIPs assembled around the book of remembrance to hear the last post and observe a 2-minute silence. It was a very respectful service that shows our community has not forgotten the sacrifices brave people have made, and indeed continue to make in serving their country.
Following the service at the school all Senior prefects then attended a further service at Darwen Cemetery were crosses were placed on the graves of ‘old’ soldiers. Despite the atrocious weather all 10 students from Vale were accredit to the school and the local community they are part of.
The Head boy and Deputy Head girl also joined Mr Smalley on Remembrance Sunday at Bold Venture Park and then at a church service at St Peters. All in all the school showed through its attendance at all of these very moving events that it will not forget.