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Alex Garnier

On a bright but very cold autumnal morning, more than 1,000 people including Old Pangbournians and current and former parents, gathered at Pangbourne College for this year’s very special 100th anniversary Remembrance Sunday service and parade.

The service in the Falkland Islands Memorial Chapel was led by the Chaplain, The Reverend Neil Jeffers. Captain Richard Meryon RN gave a moving sermon in which he emphasised the need to value both our friendships and our freedom.  Wreaths were laid by the Headmaster, Mr Thomas Garnier, the Chairman of Governors, Rear Admiral Roger Lane-Nott, and the Chairman of the Old Pangbournians Society, Mr David Nicholson.

At the service the Chamber Choir, conducted by Director of Music Miss Ellie Calver, sang a cappella Elgar's 'They are at rest' as an introit. The College Choir sang a cappella Mokranjac's Serbian anthem 'Tebe pojem', conducted by Organist in Residence Mr Andrej Ivanovic. The Brass Ensemble (Guka Bukhari, Peter Garnier, Philip Garnier, Laurence Livesey, Lucy Perring, Luca van der Wyck and Louis Winter), conducted by Head of Instrumental Studies Mr Andrew Thornhill, accompanied the hymns.

Four current pupils read out the long list of names of 178 Old Pangbournians and one College Governor who died in World War II. The Last Post was played superbly by Lucy Perring.

At the Remembrance Sunday parade which followed, the salute was taken by Guest of Honour Vice Admiral Peter Hudson CB CBE, former Commander of NATO Allied Maritime Command. The school Colour was presented by Angus Hearnden, accompanied by Guard Commanders Peter Hyde and Nick White.

In the afternoon, Drum Major Philip Wooding and the Marching Band led the many local uniform parties, including the Royal British Legion and Brownie pack, through Pangbourne village for the Remembrance Sunday service at the local parish church of St James the Less.

The Headmaster, Mr Thomas Garnier, said, "Through the Remembrance service and parade held this morning we gave thanks for the many friendships created across our community and the freedoms we enjoy in this country today. The presence of our Marching Band in the afternoon parade and service marked Pangbourne College's continued commitment to its role in the local community."

Reporting by Mrs Alexandra Garnier

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

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