College Pays Its Respects

Hundreds of staff and students at East Durham College congregated to observe the Two Minute Silence on Remembrance Day.

At the Peterlee Campus a short service was held in the main atrium where a Royal British Legion DVD film showing relevant images and readings was played on the large monitors, commencing with the playing of The Last Post followed by the Two Minute Silence at 11am.

Meanwhile over at the Houghall Campus staff and students laid a wreath under a tree they planted last year on Armistice Day in the Arboretum before observing the Two Minute Silence.

Both ceremonies were concluded with the playing of Reveille.

Roslyn Hastie-Murray, a member of staff at the College and an officer with The Royal British Legion, said: “It was wonderful to see so many young people wanting to take part in the two minutes silence.

“It is important that educational establishments such as our College encourage young people to take part in the Armistice Day and Remembrance tributes to help them to understand the importance and relevance of the people and events that we remember by showing respect for all those who have given their lives in the service of our country.”

This year's Poppy Appeal was focused on young veterans of current and recent conflicts such as Afghanistan and Iraq. To make a donation to the Appeal visit www.britishlegion.org.uk