News - First Mile to War parade

Inspired by the first mile walked to war by Leek C Battery in August 1914 from their barracks in Leek, through the town and out to Ashbourne, Westwood students took part in the ‘First Mile to War’ parade on Saturday 14 September.   The aim was to re-create this historical route as a milestone to commemorate the 419 young men from Leek who lost their lives in the Great War. WW1 parade1

WW1 parade3Around 35 of our students from across years nine to 13 took part, walking from the Westwood Recreation ground to the Monument accompanied by other students from schools across Leek and youth groups, accompanied by a military band.

Westwood’s students proudly carried the evocative and eye catching murals which were produced in College as part of July’s Cross Curricular event.

They also carried WW1 parade2wooden tags with the names of men from Leek who were killed in the Great War.

The parade ended at the Monument and the event closed with a moving ceremony.   Elizabeth Mayer in year 12 was invited to read a poem written during the war by a member of Leek’s Battery and there was accompanying singing from the town’s Phoenix singers. It was a poignant event and important one in the town’s history.

Well done to all the students who took part.

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