Details about school’s war victims put on display

Morpeth Pipe Band perform during the tea party.
Morpeth Pipe Band perform during the tea party.

A well-attended event rounded off Morpeth High School’s First World War exhibition weekend.

Information, photographs and stories about the King Edward VI School men and boys who lost their lives during the 1914-1918 conflict were displayed on Saturday and Sunday.

Funding for the partnership project with Morpeth Antiquarian Society was provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund. It also included details about life on the home front in the town.

And on Sunday afternoon, there was a First World War-themed centenary tea party in the ballroom in aid of SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association).

The event featured KEVI students past and present providing entertainment as well as catering – former student Robbie Morgan, of RJM Catering, produced an authentic First World War menu.

Morpeth Pipe Band played some poignant tunes, including Longueval, The Battle of the Somme and The Bloody Fields of Flanders, and military historian John Sadler did some readings and a First World War-style drill.

The students who read war poetry were as follows: Charlotte Mathewson (Mametz Wood by Owen Sheers), Amy Hodgson (The Falling Leaves by Margaret Postgate-Cole), Kirsty Famelton (The Soldier by Rupert Brooke) and Anna Rodger (Marching Men by Marjorie Pickhall).

KEVI Student Voice, leadership and enrichment co-ordinator Victoria Najafi said “Many thanks to everybody who supported this very special event, including the Morpeth Air Cadets 404 Squadron for their attendance and help, the comperes (former KEVI students Officer Cadet Freddie Bowles and Calvin Willis), and KEVI TV students Alistair McCubbin, Lewis Mason, Matthew Forster, Charlotte Cota, Abigail Wells and Lydia Wendt.

“I would also like to give a special thank you to KEVI stage crew Jonathan Winfield, Tom Robbins and Jonathan Hughes.”

More than a dozen businesses and organisations contributed a prize for the raffle. They were as follows: Diggerland, Sanderson Arcade, The Electrical Wizard (J.D. Wetherspoon Morpeth), F.H.Hardy Florist, Lin-Mor Direct, Bamburgh Castle, Howick Hall and Gardens, Rutherford & Co, Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens, Linden Hall Hotel, Emma’s Bunting, Lindisfarne Castle, St Mary’s Inn, Chillingham Castle, Malmaison Hotel Newcastle, Whitehouse Farm, Cragside House & Gardens and Wyevale Garden Centres.

A First World War fashion project put together by Year 10 textiles students, under the guidance of design technology teacher Miss Percival, was also on display at the exhibition.

The students involved in this were Katherine Allison, Eve Anderson, Erin Atchison, Alice Bates, Ella Buckley, Laura Chishti, Willow Clutten, Jade Daley, Katy Duncan, Oriana Freeman, Eve Hopwood, Naomi Kendall, Ailisha Laidlow, Amy Midwood, Emma Plank, Bethany Shelton, Siena Williams and Jessica Young-Rogers.