A World War Two veteran thanked Beacon Academy students whose Remembrance Day efforts help him through a difficult time of the year.
Tony Bradwell, who lost friends while fighting in Italy during 1943, has been so touched by the children’s thoughts he now sponsors an award named in his honour, presented annually to the student who has overcome adversity. He was one of a number of veterans, Royal British Legion representatives, parents and community members who attended the Remembrance event at the Cleethorpes academy on the 11th November.
They watched a drama performance, readings, poetry and singing led by the academy choir followed by two minutes silence, The Last Post and lowering of the Standards. All of Year 8 then served afternoon tea to the guests and veterans who talked with the young people about their experiences. Those in cadets wore their uniforms.
Tony said: ‘I struggle at this time of the year because I remember my mates who did died in the war.
But coming into Beacon Academy and talking to the children makes me realise that my friends are remembered’.
Headteacher Jason Thurley said: ‘Tony’s words made the Remembrance Day event even more poignant. His presence and that of our other guests means an awful lot to the students and staff. I’d like to thank everybody who helped organise a fitting tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice’.
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