Armistice Day ceremony
Silence fell across a college in Durham as public services students led an Armistice Day remembrance ceremony in honour of those who lost their lives in wars, past and present.
New College Durham staff and students, together with local church members and a local vicar, gathered in the college’s outdoor plaza to observe a two minutes silence at 11am today. Around 30 public services students led proceedings by coming to attention as a bell sounded to signify the beginning of the silence. The ceremony also included an address by the Reverend Canon Caroline Dick.
Andrew Sugden, Public Services Lecturer at New College Durham and former soldier with the Royal Military Police Reserves, said:
“It is very important that all our students understand and respect the sacrifices that have been made throughout the two world wars and in conflicts since. It also provides an opportunity for our public services students, in particular, to reflect on the sense of duty and commitment that many of them will be called to make in their future careers.
It was a fantastic ceremony and it was great for us to be able to share this act of remembrance with the rest of the college and the wider community.”
16-year-old Marc Hague, from Stanley, who is studying Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Public Services at New College Durham, has ambitions to join the Army or Armed Police after he has completed his course. He said:
“It was a great college-wide event organised by public services students and I was very proud to be part of it.”
Following the outdoor ceremony, the public services students and staff hosted a reception for the church members in the college’s training restaurant. The church members shared their experiences of the war with the younger generation and enjoyed a buffet organised by the catering team in the college.
Reverend Canon Caroline Dick, Team Rector of Durham North Team of Churches, who gave an address during the ceremony, said:
“This is a valuable event and brings events to life when you hear stories first-hand from those that have experienced going to war.”
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