Pupils visit WW1 battlefields

Bedlingtonshire Community High School pupils at the Menin Gate last post ceremony in Ypres Belgium.

Bedlingtonshire Community High School pupils at the Menin Gate last post ceremony in Ypres Belgium.

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Students from the county have been given a first hand look at where thousands of men sacrificed their lives for their country.

Pupils from Bedlingtonshire Community High School have been working on projects to commemorate the outbreak of the First World War.

And it allowed a few of them the chance to visit battlefield sites in Europe, and lay wreaths in memory of the young men who did not come home.

Heather Bolton and Elizabeth Aspinall joined the school’s transition youth worker Andy Allman to travel to the battle fields of Flanders and the Salient, and the Somme.

The group visited The Flanders Field Museum in Ypres and then moved on the Tyne Cot Cemetery and then visited The Langermark Cemetery, and attended the Ceremony of the Last Post at the Menin Gate.

Andy said: “We took part in The Coming World remember me workshop a Belgium government led initiative which will be a memorial to be opened in 2018 to mark the 100 year end of the first world war and the sculptures made by everyone will be used in the memorial. It was a real honour to see one of our students taking part in such an important occasion at the Menin Gate last post ceremony in Ypres and Heather was a credit to the school and the students she represented in Northumberland.”