Members of the School CCF Army, Navy and Royal Air Force sections as well as the School Drumline once again played a major part in this year’s Wells City Remembrance Sunday commemorations.
The Wells cadets and their officers formed a key part of the city parade, lining the St Cuthbert’s Memorial as prayers were said and wreaths were laid outside the Church and later at the Harry Patch Memorial. Wells Cadet Company Sergeant, Lucy Harris laid a wreath on behalf of the School; whilst The Last Post was played by Wells trumpeter Jude Rowland.
The cadets and officers, led by the Wells Drumline, then marched alongside veterans and civil dignitaries as the parade wound its way through the city streets from St Cuthbert’s Church to the Harry Patch Memorial.
The Choristers and the Chapel Choir together with instrumentalists from the School gave a joint devotional performance for a of Bob Chilcott’s Requiem in the Cathedral on Sunday afternoon, at the end of which poppies were dropped from the roof of the Nave during a minute’s silence.
In the evening, representatives of the School’s CCF led the Boarders’ Evening Service of Remembrance in the Nave of Wells Cathedral, with prayers and readings from senior pupils and members of the School CCF, beautiful singing from the Chapel Choir and a moving performance of The Last Post by Matthew Whitehead; whilst the Dean, The Very Revd Dr John Davies DL gave a sermon. Head Master, Alastair Tighe, read out the names of the Old Wellensians who gave their lives in the two World Wars and a wreath was laid on behalf of the School by Head Girl Astrid Rose Edwards and Deputy Head Boy Nate Leong.