King Edward hosts special Remembrance event

Memorable performances in drama and song created a special Remembrance event at King Edward VI Academy in Spilsby last week.

Lest We Forget was performed in front of a packed hall and included pupils from Halton Holegate and Spilsby Primary schools.

Members of the Royal British Legion, families and other members of the community remembered those who died in warfare and those who continue to fight for peace.

Music teacher Charlotte Burton said rehearsals had begun in September.

“A tremendous amount of hard work paid off,” she said. “We had to put out extra seats to cope with the numbers who turned up.

“They were treated to some memorable and poignant performances. I’m delighted for everybody involved that the evening was such a success.”

The first half looked at the impact of war to the end of the First World War.

It opened with a heart-wrenching monologue from ‘Clytemnestra’ performed by Amy Johnson.

The Primary School choirs and King Edward’s choir performed ‘Heroes’ and there followed a combination of poems written and performed by students Lily-May Clayton, Katherine Eyre and Jake Blackbourn.

Soldiers’ experiences in the Great War were read by Tia-Rose Lawley, Ashleigh Evison and Steve Jackson.

A successful raffle, organised by members of the Royal British Legion, was held during the interval.

The second half focussed on the Second World War and beyond.

It included drama performances from Year 8 students Dafydd Parsons, Katherine Eyre, Kirsty Hyde, Ryan Harmer, Andrew Pearson, Brogan Campen and Dennis Kurtenbach, loosely based on the BBC comedy ‘Allo, Allo’.

The half progressed with a careful combination of comedy and serious performances where all students involved showed sensitivity towards war and understood the necessity to remember.

Legion member Ron Worth told about his childhood as an evacuee and brought home impact of war.

He and Ms Burton ended the evening with the Last Post and dedication.

She said: “At the end of the evening everyone had clearly enjoyed it and many were vociferous in telling staff and performers how fantastic it had been.”

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