On Friday 10 November, students, staff and invited guests joined together in the Quadrangle for the annual Ceremony of Remembrance. During the service, the Quadrangle was rededicated as a memorial to the members of Loughborough Grammar School and Loughborough High School who died serving their country.
Old Loughburian, Admiral Sir Trevor Soar, conducted The Gathering and Headmaster, Duncan Byrne, delivered The Address and read from the Roll of Honour for 1917.
The service was made all the more pertinent with the rededication of the replanted cherry trees, which were destroyed in August in an act of vandalism. Whilst a minute’s silence was observed, cadets from the Loughborough Grammar School Combined Cadet Force laid wreaths at the base of the replanted cherry trees. Underneath each tree lies a plaque with the names of those members of the School Community who gave their lives in conflict.
The Head Boy laid a wreath at the memorial in Hodson Hall, whilst the youngest boy in the School, laid a wreath at the memorial in the Orangery.
The Deputy Head Boy read, For The Fallen by Laurence Binyon:
They shall not grow old,
As we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn;
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning,
We will remember them.
The ITV Central News coverage of the Remembrance Service and rededication of the Quad can be viewed here: