College falls silent to honour the fallen

College falls silent to honour the fallen

Several hundred students and staff paid their respects to the armed forces ahead of Armistice Day during a remembrance parade held at the College on Friday 10 November 2017.

The event was organised by the public services department.

Students on these courses had previously met up with the Royal Marines earlier in the year.

They (the Royal Marines) came into the college to help those involved in the commemorations perfect their marching skills ahead of this important occasion. Members of the RAF regiment also came in recently to offer some advice.

Two-minutes silence was perfectly observed by those in attendance.

Curriculum co-ordinator for public services, Martin Memory, said, “Wearing poppies and acknowledging the efforts of the fallen is something that as a country we do very well.

“As a college who teaches many young people who will go on and become our armed forces of the future, this annual event is an important part of the college calendar.

“Students and staff will also be attending other events in Ipswich on the actual day itself.

“However, because the college is closed on Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday, we still wanted to ensure that we did our bit by personally paying our respects.”

Connor Studd is on a level three public services course. His family has a history of serving their country. The 17-year-old – who is also part of the Army cadet force, said, “I’m proud to wear the uniform and proud to take part in these commemorations.”