Vernon at the Menin Gate

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 Children from Carlton Central Junior School travelled to Wipers to see for themselves where so many soldiers from Nottingham and many others lost their lives in the first world war.

For the children, the visit included visiting the Menin Gate for a service of remembrance as well as a tour of the trenches and Carlton war burial sites.  Two children and a teacher carried a wreath at the Menin Gate ceremony, along with a representative of the Nottinghamshire Royal British Legion and a member of the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry Association.

On Sunday the children visited the Flanders Fields Museum and the Frelinghien Christmas Truce Memorial.

Vernon Coaker said: “I am honoured to be joining the children from Carlton Central Juniors at their ceremony of remembrance, along with representatives of the Royal British Legion and the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry Association.  It is so important children learn about past conflicts and that those who gave their lives are remembered.  I’m sure this will be a moving and memorable experience for all involved and I congratulate the school, the British Legion and Sherwood Rangers for working together in such a positive way to put this trip together.  My wife and I are looking forward to meeting them all at Menin Gate and laying a wreath.”