Students at Dereham school pay poignant tribute to paratrooper Lewis Hendry

Students at Dereham Northgate High School gathered to mark Armistice Day today and the event was extra poignant as they remembered former pupil Lewis Hendry.

The paratrooper was killed in action Afghanistan in February and the school wanted to remember him and show their support for his family and all those touched by conflict at this time.

As the bell signalled 11am - at the one-in-a-lifetime 11-11-11-11 moment - four pupils, Will Chambers, Hannah Davies, Eloise Peek and Kirsty Vella, played The Last Post in areas around the school.

The school fell into a respectful silence on this special Armistice Day.

In the foyer, where Eloise played, pupils who are members of the armed forces cadets, the SkillForce group, Guides and staff gathered together in remembrance. To mark the end of the silence Reveille was sounded by the musicians.


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SkillForce Norfolk area team leader, Calum MacDonald, has given the school his Army long-service award Union flag and this was flown outside the school entrance during the ceremony.

Afterwards both the air cadets and the army cadets displayed their drill parade.

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