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Battlefields Trip

In early March 105 pupils from the Removes (Year 9) visited the World War 1 battlefields of Picardy and Flanders. On the first day they visited sites around the valley of the Somme, scene of one of the bloodiest and most tragic battles in British military history; Vimy Ridge, where the trench lines were at their closest point; Newfoundland Park, scene of the massacre of one of the Canadian regiments and preserved as a memorial to their deaths and Thiepval, the massive monument to the Allied soldiers with no grave. The second day took them to Ypres – to the Menin Gate where the last post ceremony is held daily in rememberance and to other battle and cemetery sites. It was a very full and informative couple of days having considerable impact on all those who visited.