A service held to remember the heroes

Hundreds of students joined with Forces veterans to mark Armistice Day at a college in Hartlepool.

More than 200 people gathered at Hartlepool College of Further Education for a ceremony which included the Last Post sounded by college lecturer Graeme Fallowfield.

The Service of Remembrance was held in the presence of civic dignitaries, members of the Armed Forces and representatives from ex-Service Associations, who also acted as standard bearers.

The event included a variety of speakers as well as songs from the Second World War performed by music students from Lord Lawson of Beamish School.

A college spokesman said: “While remembering all wars, the event placed a poignant focus on two particular anniversaries - the 75th of the Battle of Britain, and the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camps.

“One of those camps, Belsen, was liberated by British troops including those of the Durham Light Infantry, many of whom were from Hartlepool.

“The event also drew parallels between Anne Frank, a famous refugee who fled Nazi oppression but would die in Belsen, and those refugees who today flee warzones such as Syria and Iraq.

“On Armistice Day almost the entire College gathered in the main atrium to observe the two minute silence, with lecturer Graeme Fallowfield heralding it with The Last Post, and ending it with Rouse.”