HUNDREDS of students have paid tribute to those who gave their lives for their country.
Hartlepool College of Further Education’s conference centre hosted a service of remembrance which attracted more than 200 people.
It started with singer Sara Dennis both singing and reading two poems, before the college’s design manager/creative director Gary Kester introduced a film he created called Innocence Lost.
It showed how the First World War transformed Britain between 1914 and 1918 from a country in which the role of women was changed forever and paved the way for them to get the vote.
Lecturer and trumpeter Graeme Fallowfield sounded The Last Post before a one-minute silence was held.
Members of the Royal British Legion and the Combined Ex-Services Association lowered and raised the standard.
Some of the students then read a poem called Taking A Stand by John Bailey before the closing address was given by Reverend Nick Moore, from Stranton Church.
As the service came to a conclusion, the audience were invited to place a poppy card on the college’s 12ft high, stainless steel tree of remembrance.
The 45-minute service of remembrance was attended by students, local dignitaries and representatives of all three of the Armed Forces. Its aim was partly to highlight how, 100 years ago, students were expected to either go to war, become nurses or work in munitions factory but now they had the freedom to choose their own path.