Remembrance Day 2018: Havant and Waterlooville college students unite during parade to remember the fallen

Wreaths were laid at the memorial of former student Richard Hollington who died in 2010 in Afghanistan aged 23
Wreaths were laid at the memorial of former student Richard Hollington who died in 2010 in Afghanistan aged 23

IN HONOUR of those who have lost their lives in wars and conflicts past and present, uniformed and public services students paraded through their college campus with pride.

Havant & South Downs College staff and pupils paid their respects ahead of Remembrance Day – before laying wreaths at the memorial of a fellow student who lost his life.

Havant and South Downs College uniformed and public services parade ahead of Remembrance Day

Havant and South Downs College uniformed and public services parade ahead of Remembrance Day

Royal Marine Richard Hollington, a former public services student from the college, became the 300th British serviceman to die during the conflict in Afghanistan in 2010 aged 23.

Principal and chief executive at HSDC, Mike Gaston, said: ‘It’s always a very moving and poignant ceremony where students and staff from across the college come together to remember those who served selflessly.

‘I believe it is especially fitting that the future generation represented by our own nursery children joined us to lay their own poppies in thanks of those have given so much.’

Before a two-minute silence two wreaths were laid at the memorial at college’s South Downs campus by sport and public services course manager Ollie Jones and vice principal Dan Beale.

Staff and students paid their respects

Staff and students paid their respects

College director Lee Hunt presented the Richard Hollington Award to volunteer staff member Chris Cooper. The award is given annually to staff or students who by their efforts have shown care and understanding for others.

Mr Hunt said: ‘Chris is a very quiet yet selfless young man, who has given up so much of his free time for the sports department, specifically the Football Academy.

‘Chris has been volunteering with us for six years and has been a part of many successes for the college in that time’

The parade ended with children from Little Faces Nursery placing crosses at Richard Hollington’s memorial before Cadet Sargent Major Ivan Austin brought the parade to attention and dismissed the students.

Students marched through their Waterlooville campus

Students marched through their Waterlooville campus

He said: ‘The parade went really well. It was because of everyone’s commitment and hard work from staff and students that it came together so well.’