Ely College remembers with hundreds of handmade poppies as the Last Post is sounded

Ely College remembers with hundreds of handmade poppies as the Last Post is sounded. Picture: KERRI

Ely College remembers with hundreds of handmade poppies as the Last Post is sounded. Picture: KERRI VELLA. - Credit: Archant

Ely students and staff marked the Armistice Centenary and remembrance weekend with a moving Last Post Ceremony this morning.

Ely College remembers with hundreds of handmade poppies as the Last Post is sounded. Picture: KERRI

Ely College remembers with hundreds of handmade poppies as the Last Post is sounded. Picture: KERRI VELLA. - Credit: Archant

All 1,100 students from Ely College and Bishop Laney Sixth Form gathered to show their respects for the fallen.

They were joined by Mayor of Ely Cllr Michael Rouse and representatives from the Royal British Legion.

Over the week leading up to Remembrance Sunday, Ely College students helped the textiles department create an art installation to commemorate 100 years since the end of World War One, the fallen of all conflicts and those who still serve.

Ely College remembers with hundreds of handmade poppies as the Last Post is sounded. Picture: KERRI

Ely College remembers with hundreds of handmade poppies as the Last Post is sounded. Picture: KERRI VELLA. - Credit: Archant

Every student handmade a poppy, with hundreds being hung in the main hall.


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At the Remembrance service, students and visitors fell silent for two minutes at 11am, after which the Last Post was sounded as principal Richard Spencer read The Exhortation.

Students were joined by standard-bearers from the Royal British Legion and one of the ‘There But Not There’ Tommy silhouettes.

Ely College remembers with hundreds of handmade poppies as the Last Post is sounded. Picture: KERRI

Ely College remembers with hundreds of handmade poppies as the Last Post is sounded. Picture: KERRI VELLA. - Credit: Archant

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Having hosted a touring exhibition that details a centenary history of the Cambridgeshire Regiment, students reflected on 1918, which saw the heaviest losses for the 1/1st Battalion, more so than any other year of the War.

Mr Spencer said: “Working in partnership with local groups and historians has allowed students to gain a deeper understanding of the events of WWI. “Ely College and the people of Ely shall not forget.

Ely College remembers with hundreds of handmade poppies as the Last Post is sounded. Picture: KERRI

Ely College remembers with hundreds of handmade poppies as the Last Post is sounded. Picture: KERRI VELLA. - Credit: Archant

Ely College remembers with hundreds of handmade poppies as the Last Post is sounded. Picture: KERRI

Ely College remembers with hundreds of handmade poppies as the Last Post is sounded. Picture: KERRI VELLA. - Credit: Archant

Ely College remembers with hundreds of handmade poppies as the Last Post is sounded. Picture: KERRI

Ely College remembers with hundreds of handmade poppies as the Last Post is sounded. Picture: KERRI VELLA. - Credit: Archant

Ely College remembers with hundreds of handmade poppies as the Last Post is sounded. Picture: KERRI

Ely College remembers with hundreds of handmade poppies as the Last Post is sounded. Picture: KERRI VELLA. - Credit: Archant

Ely College remembers with hundreds of handmade poppies as the Last Post is sounded. Picture: KERRI

Ely College remembers with hundreds of handmade poppies as the Last Post is sounded. Picture: KERRI VELLA. - Credit: Archant

Ely College remembers with hundreds of handmade poppies as the Last Post is sounded. Picture: KERRI

Ely College remembers with hundreds of handmade poppies as the Last Post is sounded. Picture: KERRI VELLA. - Credit: Archant

Ely College remembers with hundreds of handmade poppies as the Last Post is sounded. Picture: KERRI

Ely College remembers with hundreds of handmade poppies as the Last Post is sounded. Picture: KERRI VELLA. - Credit: Archant

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