To commemorate the Centenary of the Armistice of World War One, students from Westbourne School took part in a very special tour around the battlefields of Flanders last week.  The two day trip incorporated sobering visits to the Commonwealth Cemeteries of Essex Farm and Tyne Cot, as well as a stop off at the German cemetery of Langemarck.  We learnt a huge amount about trench warfare and were moved by the many individual stories of heroism and sacrifice, including the tragic tale of local man John William Streets who lost his life, like many other men from the Sheffield Pals, at the Battle of the Somme in 1916.  One of the highlights of the trip had to be the stage production of R C Sherriff’s Journey’s End which was powerfully performed in the intimate venue of a converted gunpowder store on the outskirts of Ypres, recreating the stifling atmosphere of a trench dug-out perfectly.  We also attended the daily Last Post ceremony at The Menin Gate and Westbourne students were incredibly honoured to be able to lay a wreath on behalf of the school during the service.  The whole experience was thought-provoking, moving and humbling, and one which will certainly stay with us all forever.

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