It was a great honour to be invited to attend the first ever service of remembrance at the Stationers' Academy on Remembrance Day.
It was Army Cadet Charlie Ward, a student at the academy, who came up with the idea that the academy should hold a service of remembrance and this was magnificently brought to fruition by Lt Col Jeremy Wilson TD, a retired officer in the Royal Logistic Corps, who is a teacher at the academy and who led the service.
The service was held in the quad with readings from the students from the academy, many wearing their army, air force and sea cadet uniforms, and from Eastcote Primary School, a fellow member of the Leigh Academies Trust. We sang a moving hymn before the last post was sounded and two minutes silence observed. Wreaths and poppies were laid by a representative of the Eltham branch of the Royal British Legion, the Stationers' Company and students from each of the four schools in the academy and Eastcote Primary School.
The Company was represented by Court Assistant Sue Pandit, a governor of the academy, Liveryman Peter Allen and myself.
You can read more about the service on the Stationers' Academy website here.
Pictured above is Charlie Ward, me, Ray Knight from the Royal British Legion and David Millar, Executive Principal of the Stationers' Academy.
Whilst I was on duty at the academy, the Deputy Clerk, Giles Fagan, led a simple ceremony in the courtyard at Stationers' Hall, which you can read about in the Latest News page on our website here.