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Special events help Stockport Grammar School mark Remembrance Day

School wreath at Ypres

Pupils, staff, governors and Old Stopfordians have been remembering those members of the armed forces who have died in the line of duty.

Over 100 Old Stopfordians, who were at the school between the 1930s and 1950s, joined pupils in a remembrance service, before enjoying a special reunion lunch and listening to talks from the children who visited the first world war battlefields over half-term.

On the evening before Armistice Day, nearly 100 pupils donned their Stockport Grammar School uniform and a Royal British Legion poppy as they attended a performance of Journey’s End, one of the most moving dramas ever written about the first world war, at the Lowry.

Some of the pupils, from the fourth year, fifth year and sixth form, had studied the text by playwright and Great War veteran RC Sherriff for IGCSE English Literature, but many more wanted to use the theatre visit to focus their minds on the act of remembrance.

Fourth year pupil Amber Reece-Greenhalgh said: “I really wanted to come, even though I have never read the play.  Usually we go to the theatre in our jeans, but it seems appropriate to attend in uniform – it’s a mark of respect for Friday,” while senior prefect Amy Wood commented: “It was incredibly moving and made us think of all those Stockport Grammar pupils who must have endured such terrible conditions on the front line.”

Mrs Helen Lawson, who organised the trip, said: “I was really proud. The sight of so many Stockport Grammar School pupils in the theatre was really uplifting and I think the experience made them appreciate that Remembrance Day is part of the present as well as the past.”