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Old Stopfordians and Cheadle MP attend Remembrance Day service

Stockport Grammar School welcomed over 100 former pupils – Old Stopfordians – and Cheadle MP Mary Robinson to take part in our annual Remembrance Day Service.

Notable attendees included Roy Stansfield (92) who served in the RAF from 1942-62, Joe Barnes (88) who served with the Royal Marines from 1946-48 and then the Territorial Army from 1954-81 and Neville Holt (85) who served with the Intelligence Corp from 1956-58.

Headmaster Andrew Chicken opened the service and current pupils gave readings before wreaths were laid by Mrs Robinson, Head Boy George Chatterton and Head Girl Georgia Burns.

Prayers were led by Reverend Liz Leaver and Old Stop Reg Holmes provided organ accompaniment to the hymns. Fifth year pupil Niamh Johnson sounded The Last Post.

Mrs Robinson said: “I was honoured to attend the Remembrance Day service with staff, pupils and Old Stopfordians. After the service, it was also moving to hear the students’ accounts of their visit to the Battlefields earlier this year.”

Fifty two Old Stops died during the First World War and a further 60 were killed during the Second World War.

The Old Stops, who attended the school between 1934 and 1969, received a talk from current pupils who have recently returned from a trip to the Somme Battlefields where they laid a wreath in memory of Old Stopfordians lost in battle at the Memorial for the Missing at Thiepval. Click here to watch a video of one of the pupils delivering his speech.

Mr Chicken said: “‘The Remembrance Service is a significant event in our school calendar and we welcome the opportunity to welcome back Old Stops each year. Many of our pupils have visited the Somme Battlefields on our annual tour and it is an excellent chance for them to expand on work done in their History lessons.”

The Junior school also paid their respects with an impeccably observed two minute silence during a special Remembrance Day assembly.