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Date: 10th November 2017

The haunting sound of the bagpipes will accompany Askham Bryan College’s first Combined Cadet Force (CCF) as they march across campus for Armistice Day. 

Silence will fall amongst students and staff of York’s leading land-based college as the unit reach the College flagpole before the formal remembrance service begins. Catherine Dixon, CEO of the College and former army officer who served with the Royal Signals, is now the CCF Commanding Officer and will be leading the ceremony alongside Reverend Geoff Mumford, Vicar of St Giles, Copmanthorpe.

The remembrance ceremony follows the College’s first year in the national Cadet Expansion Programme, which aims to increase the number of cadet units in schools to a total of 500 by 2020.

Contingent Commander of Askham Bryan College, Mark Watts, said: “We are proud to join the programme and believe our students will benefit hugely from the experience. Our cadet unit will develop the essential skills in self-discipline, leadership and citizenship to succeed in pursuing a future within the forces. Armistice Day is an important part of our College’s community and we are honoured to have Reverend Geoff Mumford attend our service.”

The Reverend will begin the ceremony with a reading of Siegfried Sassoon's ‘Remembrance’ after which staff member Sam Scott will begin the two minute silence by playing ‘The Last Post’ on the bugle.

The College will go on to commemorate the fallen with the lowering of the flag, a wreath placing and readings from the Commanding Officer, staff and students.

Combined Cadet Force member Olivia Horsfall who is reading the now famous ‘Flanders Fields’, said: “I have family who have served in the armed forces, which makes the day even more important for me. I think it’s fantastic that the college is involved as a community and I’m excited to be a part of the service.”

On the importance of the ceremony, Catherine Dixon adds: “Remembrance day is part of our culture, heritage and way of life. It is important that we all take time to reflect on the huge sacrifices given by some many who have fought to maintain our way of life, for democracy and to safeguard the rule of law. It is also, for many, a time for personal reflection as we think of family and friends serving in the armed and security forces. Our students know the importance of the day and teaching young people about the day’s meaning is as important as obtaining the many qualifications on offer at the College.”

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