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News: Col­lege staff, stu­dents and alum­ni mark WW1 centenary

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Peter Foster and Shelley Blake-Carey outside High Pavement Sixth Form
Peter Foster and Shelley Blake-Carey outside High Pavement Sixth Form

To mark the World War One Centenary, Nottingham College staff and students, along with High Pavement alumni, held a special ceremony at its High Pavement Sixth Form on Friday 9th November.

Lead­ing the ser­vice were mem­bers of the High Pave­ment Soci­ety, made up of High Pave­ment alum­ni, some of them from the 1940s, includ­ing the Pres­i­dent of the High Pave­ment Soci­ety, Ken Kirk and Not­ting­hamshire His­to­ri­an and author Peter Foster. 

As part of the cer­e­mo­ny Peter donat­ed his book We Will Remem­ber Them’ — the fall­en of High Pave­ment School, Not­ting­ham 1914 – 18, to the Col­lege library. This mov­ing por­trait by Peter details the lives of the many pupils and teach­ers who gave their lives in the First World War. 

Peter was a pupil at High Pave­ment School in the 1950s and 60s. He said: 

Mil­i­tary his­to­ry has been a life-long obses­sion of mine, par­tic­u­lar­ly the Great War. I dis­tinct­ly remem­ber sit­ting in assem­bly as a 14-year-old boy at High Pave­ment School, look­ing over at the huge bronze memo­r­i­al plaque hang­ing on the wall (the same one that is now dis­played at High Pave­ment Sixth Form) and won­der­ing what the pupils who were men­tioned did and what had hap­pened to them. When I retired five years ago, I decid­ed to start doc­u­ment­ing the 93 old paviors’ who lost their lives dur­ing WW1, as a way of hon­our­ing their lives and what they had sacrificed. 

I was proud to be part of the remem­brance cer­e­mo­ny today at High Pave­ment Sixth Form. Events like this help to keep the mem­o­ries alive which is so important.” 

Read­ing the names of the fall­en was pre­sent­ed joint­ly by Soci­ety mem­bers and Col­lege staff and stu­dents, fol­lowed by the sound­ing of the Last Post by Roy­al British Legion Bugler Andy Borgdale, and a two-minute silence. 

A num­ber of A Lev­el stu­dents were in atten­dance, shar­ing what Armistice Day means to them. 

Shel­ley Blake-Carey, 18, from Clifton, is a cur­rent High Pave­ment Sixth Form stu­dent, study­ing A Lev­el His­to­ry, Gov­ern­ment & Pol­i­tics, Busi­ness and Maths. She said:

Today is about being respect­ful of our past and remem­ber­ing those who died so that we can have today. It was nice to be able to rep­re­sent the younger gen­er­a­tion and I felt hon­oured to have the role of read­ing the names of the fall­en dur­ing the service. 

 — Shel­ley Blake-Carey
Person laying a wreath for remembrance day
High Pavement Society Registrar, Colin Salsbury, lays the wreath in front of the memorial plaque at High Pavement Sixth Form.

In the videos below Peter tells three very mov­ing sto­ries about past pupils of High Pave­ment School who sad­ly lost their lives in the Great War. 

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  • 9th November 2018 (4:22 PM)
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