Two pupils participate in Last Post Ceremony at Menin Gate Memorial

Wednesday 18 October 2023 | By Samantha Hockney

Two Year 9 pupils have paid tribute to the fallen as they participated in the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate memorial in Belgium this week.

Isaac and Isabella laid a wreath on behalf of pupils, staff and families at Teesside High School as part of their school History trip to Ypres.

Senior School students have visited the Ypres Salient over a number of days, touring the iconic landmarks, cemeteries and battlefields of World War One.

On the second day of the trip, Isaac and Isabella were asked to take part in the salute to the fallen, a daily tribute held at the Menin Gate. At this time, Ypres comes to a standstill to honour the memory of the soldiers of the former British Empire and its allies.

Pupils gathered to listen to The Exhortation, see wreaths and tributes laid and hear buglers play the Last Post, in a moving ceremony which takes place in the town each evening at 8.00pm.

As part of the trip, students visited the Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Essex Farm Cemetery, Hill 66, Zillebeke Churchyard, Sanctuary Wood and the memorial museum Passchendaele 1917, Tyne Cot Cemetery, Langemark Cemetery, Mansell Copse, Lochnager Crater, Thiepval Memorial and Newfoundland Memorial Park. It has been a busy excursion with downtime exploring the town of Ypres, sightseeing and bowling.

Our acts of remembrance will continue over the coming weeks, culminating in our annual Remembrance Service on Friday 10 November at 10.30am, to which parents, families and members of our local community are warmly invited.