Senior staff at Solihull Sixth Form College paid their respects to those that have lost their lives in conflict by laying a wreath of poppies at the War Memorial in Solihull town centre this week.
Principal Martin Sullivan and Vice Principal Jamie Staddon laid the wreath of poppies on Monday 9 November ahead of Wednesday’s Armistice Day. This is something the College normally undertakes as part of a community-wide event on Remembrance Sunday. However, the Coronavirus pandemic has prevented the usual event taking place. Instead, all involved were asked to lay their wreaths separately to ensure social distancing.
The College community has also marked the 102nd anniversary of the end of the First World War with a period of silence at 11am on Armistice Day itself. A music student – Odhran Sullivan – performed The Last Post and Reveille on the trumpet to mark the occasion too.
“It’s a shame we have not been able to come together as a community in the way we normally would, but it was important that the College marked this important annual event, even if we had to do so in a socially distanced way. I hope we can get back to community events in the way we have been used to soon.”College Principal Martin Sullivan