Poignant final Remembrance service for Ashton Middle School

Pupils take part in the Remembrance service
Pupils take part in the Remembrance service

There wasn’t a dry eye in the house as a school held a poignant final Remembrance service honouring those who died in the two World Wars.

Ashton Middle School will close in August 2016, and its Remembrance service earlier this month marked the final occasion it will be held.

Two memorials – one for each war – adorn the school library, in memory of the Dunstable Grammar School boys who lost their lives.

Headteacher Shirley Hollis said: “This is always a very special service but this year it was particularly poignant.

“Not only will this be our last Remembrance service but it was also lovely to be able to share it with the gentlemen of the Dunstable Old Boys Association.

“Each of our pupils had a part to play and they behaved impeccably throughout, showing due respect and we were so proud of them.”

During the service the pupils placed a poppy for each of the ex-schoolboys on a tree as their names were read out with a short biography for each one displayed on the screen.

The tree will remain in the school hall until it closes.

Staff and pupils also created a drum altar, as the pupils did readings. Mathew Evans read In Flanders Field and Jasmin Goodwin read No Man’s Land, a poem she had written herself.

There was a reading of For the Fallen, and the Last Post was played by Derek Jones of Toddington Band. The service finished with everyone singing the National Anthem.

Mrs Hollis added: “It would be remiss of me not to thank Mrs Saxton, whose vision and organisational skills ensured this was a service all of us will remember long after Ashton Middle School is no longer here.”