A Service of Remembrance took place last Sunday, led by the Chaplain, Gary Dobbie. The speaker was Old Salopian Air Marshal Sir Michael Simmons, KCB AFC, whose address focused particularly on the bravery of Salopians who served in both world wars. During the service, a plaque commemorating the Old Salopians who fought in The Battle of Britain was dedicated by the Chaplain.
Remembrance Sunday is one of the most memorable days in the chapel calendar, when two services take place. One is a service of music, poetry readings and song in the Alington Hall for the Fourth and Fifth Formers; the other service is in a packed chapel where Third Form boys join Sixth Form pupils together with a large body of parents, to honour the 300 Salopians who died not only in the two world wars, but in recent combats including the Falklands, Iraq and Afghanistan.
As is traditional, the Head and Deputy Head of School read out the names of a fifth of those who are commemorated on the war memorial, and wreaths were layed by the Head of School and Richard Barber, President of the Salopian Club. Following this, poppies were planted around the Sidney Oak on Central.
Photo: Will Heyes (Ch) playing the last post in the Market Square, Shrewsbury, under the protection of the Town Crier - Armistice Day 2011.