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WWII Memorial Bench Unveiling at AG Fields

Students from Allerton Grange School were invited to attend the unveiling of a new World War II Memorial Bench at Allerton Grange (AG) Fields on Friday 10 November.

The bench was commissioned by AG Fields using funding provided by local Roundhay and Moortown councillors who were in attendance, as were a number of local residents and volunteers from Friends of AG Fields.

Deputy Lord Lieutenant, Stan Hardy, who is the Queen’s representative, opened the ceremony, on the Friday before Remembrance Sunday. He spoke about the Queen’s service in the war, as well as his own personal experiences; he was born on the day that his father jumped out of a plane and parachuted in to support ground troops in France.

Our students, Isabel in Year 9, and Ethan and Krishan from Year 10, attended the ceremony as representatives of the school. Krishan provided the drum roll as the bench was unveiled.

Local member of the community, Dr Khan, delivered a prayer as the Deputy Lord Lieutenant laid the wreath on the bench, respectfully marking the occasion with a salute.

Mr Roper, Headteacher at Allerton Grange School, said: ‘We are honoured to have been invited to the memorial bench unveiling at the former school playing fields, an award winning green space for the local community. It is so important that our students learn about the war and recognise the significance of those who lost their lives, which has provided them with the opportunities available to them today. It is a school value to develop active citizens in the community and beyond. Projects like this are another strand of how we achieve this.’

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