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Bedlington students visit graves of First World War heroes

Bedlington Academy pupil pays his respect to fallen soldiers from the First World War.
Bedlington Academy pupil pays his respect to fallen soldiers from the First World War.

A group of students spent time visiting former battlefields from the First World War.

A total of 27 Year 7, 8 and 9 students from Bedlington Academy took part in the school’s annual Battlefields Tour of Belgium.

During the tour, they visited the graves of soldiers from Bedlington who served in the conflict, placing poppy crosses on them, as well as on the graves of unknown soldiers from local regiments.

Students also visited the Lochnagar Crater where Sergeant Nugent, a Bedlington man and Northumberland Fusilier, is honoured. His body was only discovered there in 1998 and now has been laid to rest in Ovillers Cemetry.

During the tour, Kate Elliott (Year 7) and Kayti Brown (Year 8), accompanied by staff member Andy Allman, took part in the Menin Gate ‘Last Post’ ceremony.

They laid poppy wreaths on behalf of the Bedlington Academy students and the Bedlington community alongside dignitaries from around the world.

The trip was made possible thank to a donation from Northumberland County Council, which will also be used to create a legacy project in remembrance of 100 years since the First World War.