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Primary schools unite for remembrance performance

Our six primary schools got together to commemorate Remembrance Day at a performance in front of an audience that included several war veterans.

A total of  120 Year 4 to 6 children took part in the event on November 15, when the entertainment comprised wartime songs including Good-Bye-ee, We’ll Meet Again and Don’t Dilly Dally. There was also a recital of poems such as Rupert Brook’s The Soldier and In Flanders Fields by Dr John McCrae.

The participating schools included Clenchwarton Primary, West Lynn Primary, Snettisham Primary, Heacham Junior, Heacham Infants, Walpole Cross Keys Primary, and Gaywood Primary. 

The young performers, who were in Years 4 to 6 at their respective schools, took part in what was only the third staging of the WNAT Primaries Remembrance Performance, which began in 2018 but was forced to miss two years due to Covid restrictions.

Held at Springwood High School – another of our member schools – the evening of remembrance was attended by some 300 parents, as well as the mayor, members of the WNAT Board of Trustees, and several local dignitaries.

Guests of honour at the performance were 15 British Legion war veterans and widows, who were also invited to a pre-show drinks reception.

Said Hayley Roberts, Director of Engagement at WNAT: “The WNAT Primaries Remembrance Performance sees six primaries from our Trust coming together to perform narration, poetry and songs for remembrance.

“Each school has their own song, narration and poetry, but come together at the beginning and end for narration and singing.

“It began in 2018 as a one-off to mark the centenary of World War One ending, but it was so successful that we said we must do it every year – but we only did 2019, and then it was cancelled for two years because of Covid.

“It’s our flagship event for the Trust and the community.”