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Blythe Bridge students gather to pay respects to World War One heroes

By Cheadle Post and Times  |  Posted: August 04, 2014

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STUDENTS from Blythe Bridge High and local primary schools met at the St Peter's Calvary Cross in Forsbrook to perform the opening Service of Remembrance in a series of month long events recognising the Centenary for the start of the Great War.

In a ceremony devised by the schools and the local Historical Society the young people undertook a service whereby they 'Blew out the Candle'.

This was in keeping with the statement that was made famous by the then British Foreign Secretary, Sir Edward Grey, who upon not receiving any assurance from the German Government that they would withdraw from Belgium said: "The lamps are going out all over Europe and they will not be lit again in our lifetime."

Students from year nine of Blythe Bridge High School will be visiting the battlefields and cemeteries of France and Flanders during the summer break.

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Meanwhile work produced by children from the primary schools is on display in local churches and the library.

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