The Mayor of Pershore Councillor Bob Gillmor, the Chairman of Wychavon District Council, Councillor Mrs Liz Eyre, Pershore & District Branch RBL & Royal Naval Association were amongst the honoured guests inside Pershore Abbey on Friday 10th November 2017 which saw nearly 400 people join together to participate in this year’s Pershore Schools’ Armistice Service.
Led by the Reverend Claire Lording, approximately 350 local children took part in the Town’s fifth Schools Armistice service with representatives from Pershore High School, Abbey Park Middle and First Schools, Holy Redeemer Primary School, Cherry Orchard First School and St Nicholas C of E Middle School from Pinvin. Immediately prior to the service, 2 pupils from each school laid a wreath at the Commemorative Stone in Pershore Commemorative Garden, following a tradition started back in 2011 when the Garden was first created.
During the service, 31 children representing each of the 6 schools spoke of the history of the 2 World Wars, the Falkland Islands conflict and the role of the Royal British legion. Special mention was given this year of the centenary of the Battle of Arras, Passchendaele, the Russian revolution and the USA entering the war. Also key events from 1942 including the fall of Singapore, the battle of Midway and the opening of Auschwitz. They also spoke of the of the Falkland Island conflict in its 35th anniversary year before calling for prayers for peace.