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School children make visit to Gateshead's Field of Remembrance

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Primary schools in Gateshead will be bringing some of their pupils to view the Field of Remembrance in Saltwell Park this week.

Children from 10 different primary schools in Gateshead will be visiting the park this Friday (November 8) to plant crosses on behalf of their fellow pupils and to learn more about remembrance.

Representatives of the Royal British Legion will be hand to talk to the Year 5 and 6 pupils about the Field of Remembrance and its significance, and why every year the nation remembers members of the armed forces who have died in battle.

Children from Roman Road, Brandling, Fellside, Lingey House, Swalwell, St Augustine's, Portobello, Carr Hill, Larkspur Primary School and St Joseph's RC primary schools will be visiting the park during the morning.

Gateshead Council invited local school children at the suggestion of the Royal British Legion who wanted to involve children by getting them to mark up their own crosses and then visit the field to plant them. The response from local schools has been overwhelming.

Plans to bring a prisoner from Low Newton Prison in Durham to Saltwell Park were also being explored. Prisoners at Low Newton help to make the crosses for the Field of Remembrance on behalf of the Royal British Legion.

It is hoped that arrangements can be made for one of their prisoners to be brought on special release to visit the field so that they can see what their hard work and efforts have contributed to.

Soldier standing with flag
06 November 2019

Primary schools in Gateshead will be bringing some of their pupils to view the Field of Remembrance in Saltwell Park this week.

Children from 10 different primary schools in Gateshead will be visiting the park this Friday (November 8) to plant crosses on behalf of their fellow pupils and to learn more about remembrance.

Representatives of the Royal British Legion will be hand to talk to the Year 5 and 6 pupils about the Field of Remembrance and its significance, and why every year the nation remembers members of the armed forces who have died in battle.

Children from Roman Road, Brandling, Fellside, Lingey House, Swalwell, St Augustine's, Portobello, Carr Hill, Larkspur Primary School and St Joseph's RC primary schools will be visiting the park during the morning.

Gateshead Council invited local school children at the suggestion of the Royal British Legion who wanted to involve children by getting them to mark up their own crosses and then visit the field to plant them. The response from local schools has been overwhelming.

Plans to bring a prisoner from Low Newton Prison in Durham to Saltwell Park were also being explored. Prisoners at Low Newton help to make the crosses for the Field of Remembrance on behalf of the Royal British Legion.

It is hoped that arrangements can be made for one of their prisoners to be brought on special release to visit the field so that they can see what their hard work and efforts have contributed to.

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