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Ayresome Primary unveils great war centenary plaque

A Middlesbrough school this week unveils its very own plaque marking the end of the First World War.

The commemorative casting at Ayresome Primary will be officially dedicated as part of the school’s afternoon of remembrance on Friday (November 9).

It forms part of the school’s tribute to the fallen of World War l including former pupils.

The plaque is recessed into the doorway portico of the school’s KS2 entrance from the yard alongside the poem In Flanders Fields by war poet John McCrae.

The plaque, created with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and local historian Tosh Warwick, was cast at the town’s historic William Lane Foundry.  

It reads:  Ayresome Primary School commemorated the First World War centenary as part of the ‘They answered their country’s call’ project.

Pupils have been researching the names of further local soldiers and these will be added to the eight already proudly displayed.

Friday’s unveiling will be led by the school’s Chair of Governors Father Glyn Holland, followed by a Year 6 Remembrance event which will continue in the hall.

Headteacher Lisa Biggin said: “The centenary of the end of the First World War is a truly significant milestone, and one which our young people are keen to commemorate.

“It’s an important opportunity for them to learn about the sacrifice made by so many, and the legacy that has left for future generations.

“This new plaque and Remembrance corner is an important and personal reminder that their forebears at Ayresome were touched directly by the conflict, and a source of pride in the contribution they made.”

A number of pupils including Year 6 Parliament members, House Captains, Head Boy and Girl and Deputy Head Boy and Girl will also attend Sunday’s Remembrance service at Middlesbrough’s Cenotaph accompanied by senior staff members.