Seaford College’s Remembrance Day Service and Parade took place on Sunday 8 November. It’s a very special event in the College calendar bringing over 1,500 current pupils, alumni and family members together for a touching service led by the Reverend Michael Barter.
“The service was particularly poignant this year because although I’ve attended many in the past – including services in Basra in Iraq, and Lashkar Gar and Camp Bastion in Afghanistan – this is the first I’ve given an address at,” said Major Andrew Plewes, the College’s new CCF Contingent Commander. “It had a special impact because it displayed the wider care of a nation united in support and understanding.”
Major Plewes, who joined the school in September and also teaches science, added that he hopes to elevate the CCF in the school and to increase the awareness and understanding of what the Armed Forces do for our society. He is about to finish a 21-year career as an officer in the Royal Marines.
At the beginning of the service the Combined Cadet Force (CCF) presented the Standards and all three services (Royal Navy, Army, and RAF) were integrally involved in the act of remembrance and the laying of two wreaths. Following the sounding of the Last Post and Reveille, the end of the service was marked by the CCF’s parade. 57 former pupils who died in the two world wars were remembered in the service. Year 9 trumpet scholar Seb Limpus, who has only recently joined Seaford, delivered an impressive performance of the last post.
After the service a Remembrance Day Lunch was served in Seaford’s elegant Senior Dining Room. The lunch had a relaxed atmosphere, allowing a great opportunity for current students, alumni, and former and current members of staff to catch up. “It was a most memorable day,” said former pupil Michael Carr. “This is always an emotional event for me and to say that I was impressed would be a dramatic understatement.”
Other attendees included Steve Gerrard, who joined the College in 1991 and is in the last year of his role as School Staff Instructor; Ken Crosdil, 82, who used to run the farm at Seaford and still lives on the estate today; and former housemaster Maurice Hudson.
A number of sporting activities including clay pigeon shooting, golf, football, tennis and men’s hockey were enjoyed by Old Seafordians in the afternoon, followed by tea and cakes to end the day. An alms dish collection of more than £2,000 at the end of the service will provide vital funds for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.