Shanklea Remembers

16th November 2018
100th Anniversary of Armistice Day as it happened at Shanklea:
Shanklea took part in a remembrance parade and services to mark the centenary of
the end of WW1. Mrs Brown, Head Teacher, staff and Shanklea children led the
tributes to all those who were injured or killed by laying a wreath and poppies in the
school playground and at the War Memorial in Old Cramlington Village.

Hundreds of handmade poppies, crosses and wreaths were laid in tribute to those who died in conflict.
Tealight candles were lit, intended to symbolise the end of the darkness of war and a return to the
lightness of peace. The silence was respectfully observed by all the children, whatever age. Children
dressed in period clothes or wore red tops and poppies giving a tremendous sense of unity and occasion.
Thank you to our families who made this service possible and for those who provided first hand historical sources –
photographs, diaries, identity cards, even medals. The children were proud and moved to be walking in the WW1
parade and we were very proud of their maturity and respectful behaviour.
One of the children commented "I want to honour the memory of my great, great grandfather - what he did for
our freedom." His great, great grandfather lied about his age to join the war and was seriously injured.