Today, TyneMet’s Uniformed Services department pay their respects to those who gave their lives by performing a Remembrance Day parade at the Wallsend Dene Memorial.
The parade was led by two members of the Fifth Fusiliers who remarked on the student’s hard work to perform a coordinated drill, working together as a team to remember and honour those who gave their lives so we could be free.
Lance Corporal from the Fifth Fusiliers, Daniel Swales said: “The TyneMet Uniformed services team have really impressed me with their teamwork, Remembrance Day brings a realism to the careers in service, today is a very poignant day for me, whilst serving in Afghanistan I lost six comrades so today I remember them.”
In a moving parade, spectators and students fell silent at 11am to honour and remember the fallen. TyneMet’s students performed drill movements in uniform and lay a poppy wreath at the memorial, paying respect to service men and women.
TyneMet’s Uniformed Services teacher, Phil Holgate said: “It’s really important that our students get involved and understand the significance of remembrance day, they have all been working extremely hard to ensure their drill technique is perfect. I’m extremely proud of the students, they have showed a remarkable amount of professionalism to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in conflict.”
Uniformed Services student, Callum Murphy said: “I’m really glad to have the opportunity to be part of the parade and pay homage to service personnel who have given their lives.”
Stephanie Eke, who is also studying Uniformed Services said: “I think it’s really important that we continue to honour Remembrance Day, I’m really proud to have been part of the parade. I’ve always wanted to be a Paramedic, I’m part of the St John Cadets and my course at TyneMet allows me to experience the true realities of the public services profession. It’s an honour to be here today.”