Cirencester College remembers those lost in conflict in unique way

On today, Armistice Day, a pre-recorded Remembrance Service was shown in College, as a chance for staff and students at Cirencester College to remember those who have lost their lives in conflict.

Despite restrictions meaning a full ceremony couldn’t be performed, a short service was filmed and shown via livestream to staff and students at 11am.

This began with a welcoming speech from Principal Jim Grant. Mr Grant highlighted the sacrifices made by not only British soldiers, but soldiers from all over the Commonwealth who united to help the war effort. He also brought attention to the impact that World War II had on the local area in particular, including how Cricklade and Purton were targeted and bombed in broad daylight on this day 80 years ago.

Uniformed Public Services students then marched to gather in front of the College’s own cenotaph, before a two minutes silence was observed. Following this, a wreath was placed on the cenotaph and the last post was played.

Cirencester College Principal Jim Grant said: “We think this is one of the most important events in the College calendar. Over 1000 young people regularly attend (voluntarily) our regular event because it resonates with them. Many of those who gave their lives in past conflicts for our freedom were only a year a so older than our students. When we were unable to provide a socially distanced event, the next best option was a streamed event which even those student isolating at home and parents can also ‘take part’ in.”