Remembrance praise for Cromwell school pupils

DURING my service career in the Royal Navy I was proud and privileged to participate in many state occasions including the funeral of Sir Winston Churchill, visits by foreign Heads of State and three Remembrance Services at the Cenotaph in London preceded by The Festival of Remembrance in the Royal Albert Hall and the Lord Mayor`s parade.

On November 11 I had the privilege of joining with the students and staff of Cromwell Community College, Chatteris, at their Remembrance Day service.

Their presentation, together with the respect and homage for our servicemen that they displayed, was truly wonderful and a credit not only to themselves but their college.

I, like many others of my vintage, are very quick to generalise and criticise young people and their behaviour when someone has caused problems. I now apologise to those young people who represented their college on that Friday if I ever included them in my observations.

The principal, his staff, but most of all the young people of the college can be very proud for achieving such a very high standard and fully deserve the thanks and respect of us, the veterans, for all you have done for those no longer with us.