STUDENTS at a college united with armed service personnel to pay their respects to the nation’s fallen war heroes.
For the first time, Highbury College in Cosham held a service to commemorate Armistice Day, yesterday morning.
The ceremony, held in the college’s performance theatre, saw students linking with members of the army, navy, RAF, police and firefighters from Cosham, as well as the Royal British Legion and charity Canine Partners.
A number of students gave speeches to commemorate fallen soldiers from a range of conflicts before laying wreaths.
The day was organised by public service lecturers and army veterans Simon Poland and Dave Allen.
Mr Poland, who served in the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, said: ‘I was touched by it. I was quite taken aback by the support from the young people – the way they were presented and the respect they showed when they laid the wreaths was quite moving.
‘Young people sometimes get a lot of bad press, but these students were incredible.’
The 30-minute service was led by Reverend Dawn Banting. At 11am the congregation paused for a two-minute silence.
Mr Allen, who served 15 years with the Royal Logistics Corps, added: ‘This is the first time we have ever done anything like this at Highbury. It’s taken months of planning but I’m delighted at how it’s all gone.’
On Tuesday, public services students visited Guildhall Square memorial and helped to tidy the area as a sign of respect, Mr Poland added.