Old Stopfordians joined pupils on Remembrance Day at Stockport Grammar to remember those members of the armed forces who have died in the line of duty, following on from the school’s recent trip to the First World War battlefields for pupils in the third year.
Fifty two Old Stops died in service during the First World War and a further 60 died during the Second World War.
During a moving remembrance service in the main hall, hymns were sung and pupils made readings to over 100 Old Stops, who had attended the school between 1941 and 1962.
Notable attendees included Roy Stansfield (91) who served in the RAF from 1942-62, Bryan Rendell (81) who served with the RAF from 1952-55, and Joe Barnes (87) who served with the Royal Marines from 1946-48 and then the Territorial Army from 1954-81.
Mr Barnes (OS 1944) said:
I attend the Remembrance Service every year and it’s something I really look forward to. It’s wonderful to come back to the school and mark the occasion with current pupils and see them paying their respects.
Prayers were led by Reverend LE Leaver and Old Stop Reg Holmes provided organ accompaniment to the hymns. Wreaths were laid by Georgina Blears and Simon Fraser. Emily Howling sounded The Last Post.
Linton Armstrong and Phoebe Roberts laying a wreath on the Battlefields tour last month.
Headmaster Mr Andrew Chicken spoke about the importance of Remembrance:
The Remembrance Service is a significant event in our school calendar each year. Many of our boys and girls have visited the battlefields of the Great War on our popular annual tour and they learn a great deal from sharing their reflections and responses with former pupils of all ages.