Hartlepool youngsters meet their Waterloo

The Manor Community Academy pupils enjoying their visit to London.
The Manor Community Academy pupils enjoying their visit to London.
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Six pupils from Hartlepool travelled to London to take part in a commemoration service of the Battle of Waterloo.

The super six from Manor Community Academy included Daniel Stuart, Hattie Wright, Emily Ward, Kathryn Booth, Jasmine Garthwaite and Rebecca Broughton, all in Year 8.

They travelled to London on Thursday, June 18, for the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo to play a unique part in a commemoration service as one of only 200 schools invited to the event.

Teacher Craig McLeod said: “Daniel was fortunate enough to go into St Paul’s Cathedral for the service of commemoration – one of only 200 pupils at the event .”

The service was led by the Bishop of London and also attended by the likes of Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.

Daniel was given a commemorative book with messages from dignitaries such as Prince Charles, for taking part in the service.

The pupils had taken part in a research project for Waterloo200, the organisation at the forefront of the commemorations, and they looked at a soldier called Ensign Charles Lake.

The research that the pupils undertook, along with the research done by the other schools involved in the project, is available for the public to view HERE.

Hattie said: “It was a memorable experience for all and although not everyone was able to attend the cathedral, everyone had a great time in London and it was a brilliant way to end to the research project.”