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Jarrow school marks First World War centenary

VALUABLE LESSONS ... Fellgate Primary School children and ex-servicemen at the schools Great War commemoration event.

VALUABLE LESSONS ... Fellgate Primary School children and ex-servicemen at the schools Great War commemoration event.

VIP guests joined youngsters at a First World War commemoration staged at a South Tyneside school.

Children at Fellgate Primary School, in Oxford Way, Jarrow, took part in an afternoon of events to mark the centenary of the First World War.

They also welcomed several guests to take part in the Great War anniversary event, including ex-servicemen from the Royal British Legion in Hebburn, Jarrow Air Cadets, Jarrow Sea Cadets and Father Raymond Dick, from St Nicholas’ Church, Boldon Colliery.

A school spokesman said: “Father Raymond set the scene for the children by leading a whole-school assembly, while recounting his own family’s wartime experiences, which held the children’s attention throughout.

“The afternoon began with a wartime-themed picnic lunch for children, school staff and governors. The picnic lunch was prepared by Fellgate’s own catering team, led by Linda Patterson.

“All her team were dressed in World War One costumes, which added to the atmosphere of the afternoon.

“Pupils participated in making newspaper bunting, commemorative medals, union flags and poppies throughout the event.”

Ex-servicemen from the Royal British Legion shared some of their own personal wartime experiences, which also involved a question and answer session with the children.

Both air and sea cadets displayed their musical and marching skills, which saw pupils later imitating many of the moves in the playground.

Headteacher Carol Wilson, staff and governors of Fellgate Primary thanked all those involved in making the First World War commemoration such a success.

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