School students and guests pay their respects to war dead

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King Edward VI School in Morpeth honoured the fallen at a Remembrance Service on Monday morning.

It took place at the school’s War Memorial and it was conducted by executive headteacher of The Three Rivers Learning Trust, Simon Taylor.

KEVI 'old boys' (left to right) Ted Gascoigne, Bernard Scott and Peter Carmichael were among those in attendance at the high school's Remembrance Service on Monday.

KEVI 'old boys' (left to right) Ted Gascoigne, Bernard Scott and Peter Carmichael were among those in attendance at the high school's Remembrance Service on Monday.

There were readings from Year 9 students and head of school Mark Simpson and there was a blessing and address from the Rector of Morpeth, Rev Simon White.

Also in attendance were people from the Edwardian’s Association, representatives from the Air Training Corps and Army Cadet Force and Morpeth Mayor Nic Best.

“This year’s service was especially poignant as it is 100 years since the start of the First World War. It’s important to remember the sacrifice for our country made by former students at this school in the world wars and other conflicts,” said Mr Simpson.

The garden area surrounding the War Memorial has been restored as part of KEVI’s Botanical Garden project, this includes new flowers, and a temporary display of war-related information and photographs was installed.

Project co-ordinator Sheila Clark said that following the interest shown and positive comments, the steering group is looking into putting together a permanent display.

“Bridgit Coxon has given us information and photographs about her father Ernest McHugh, a First World War survivor,” she added.

Those with information on and/or photographs of a soldier who attended the then grammar school can email sheila.clark@the3rivers.net