CHILDREN from Lower Heath CE Primary School and Sir John Talbot's have marked Remembrance Day with a series of special services.

At Lower Heath, based in Lower Heath near Prees, headteacher Deborah Sadler addressed the congregation about the importance of coming together to reflect on the conflicts from the First World War, Second World War as well as more recent conflicts, globally.

The theme of the service was 'Remember Together' which is the focus of the Royal British Legion this year, while one of the highlights of the service was welcoming special guest Harry West into school.

The pupils heard about the courage and sacrifice of those who fought not only for Britain but among the Allied troops and Commonwealth countries.

Members of Owl Class then rose to their feet to read a poem dedicated to the 'Unknown Soldier', which they had been collectively working on in preparation for the day.

Mrs Sadler said the pupils appreciated having the chance to speak to a Second World War veteran on such a poignant day.

“We are privileged to have been able to welcome Harry West to Lower Heath CE Primary School," said Mrs Sadler.

"The pupils and guests thoroughly enjoyed hearing about Harry’s courageous story. Our pupils really appreciated having the opportunity to ask Harry questions and find out about his experiences.

"A big well done to our pupils today for playing such a big role in the service through their thoughtful poem and questions.

"On behalf of Lower Heath I would like to thank all our guests who came along to our service and a special thank you to Harry for sharing his story."

The congregation also enjoyed hearing about Harry’s incredible story, from how he was enlisted in the Royal Navy as a volunteer at the age of just 17 years old, to taking part in D-Day and getting presented with the French 'Legion d'honneur'.

Mrs Sadler then brought the service closer to home, reflecting on the boys of Lower Heath School, who were sadly killed during the First World War and could be seen displayed on the school cenotaph.

Meanwhile the students at Sir John Talbot's also marked Remembrance Day, participating their own service and two-minute silence.

A number of Sir John Talbot’s students who are in the Army Cadets, Air Cadets, Scouts and Guides along with ex-military staff then gathered around the cenotaph in the School Hall, outfitted in full uniform and laid a wreath in commemoration to the fallen.

Former solider and current PE teacher at the school, Sarah Newey, then proceeded to read out the names of past Sir John Talbot’s students who fell in the conflicts as a mark of respect.