For one member of the Archbishop Beck Catholic College community Remembrance Day 2014 will have very special memories.
Bruce Hicks, Assistant Headteacher at the College recently returned from a visit to France and Belgium to honour soldiers who fell in World War 1. Mr Hicks travelled with the Banks Brass Band from Southport.
The band then went on to play at the Menin Gate Memorial to the missing on the Ypres Salient in Belgium, where they were part of the evening ceremony, together with the Band of the Irish Guards. As a mark of respect at the Evening Service, Mr Hicks wore his grandfather’s medals, who had served in both World Wars, he added “the medals had not been worn in public for over 40 years”.
Speaking on his return to the UK Bruce Hicks said, “I could not take on the enormity of the sacrifice of so many, but seeing the graves of so many, was a really emotive experience and one that everyone should have the opportunity to see. The sacrifice of so many from Liverpool was enormous”.