People in North Yorkshire are being invited to share in an online service of Remembrance involving school children from across the county.
Each year, North Yorkshire County Council’s service children’s champions, who work with the children of armed forces personnel and their families, organise an extremely well-attended Service to Remember at Ripon Cathedral for the county’s service children.
This year, the service cannot be held in the cathedral because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Instead, it has gone online. The online service is led by the Dean of Ripon, the Very Rev John Dobson, and has contributions from schools across North Yorkshire, the Army, RAF, local civic leaders and veterans.
Service children’s champion Jess Greenhalgh said: “We are taking advantage of this unusual situation and inviting as many people as possible to join us for our Service to Remember. All schools in North Yorkshire are invited to view the service on Friday, 6 November, the day we would have all been in the cathedral together.”
The theme this year is Heroes, to reflect not only war heroes, but the heroes of this past year – the keyworkers. The service children of North Yorkshire have contributed artwork and poems to the service, detailing their own personal heroes.
County Councillor Janet Sanderson, Executive Member for Children's Services, said: “A key part of the work of the service children’s champions is to raise awareness of service children in our county; to understand their unique and often challenging lifestyle but also to celebrate the important work their parents or guardians do for our country.
“The adversity brought by the pandemic has been turned to advantage through this year’s online service, which enables anyone, no matter where they are, to share in the children’s efforts and observe an act of Remembrance with them.”
Among those taking part, with hymns, songs and poetry, are Bolton-on-Swale C of E Primary School, Sutton-in-Craven C of E (VC) School, pupils from Richmond School, Linton-on-Ouse Primary School, students from Ripon Grammar School, Holy Trinity C of E Infant School, pupils of Wavell Community Infant and Junior School, The Wensleydale School choir, pupils of Leeming RAF Community Primary School, Alanbrooke Community Primary School, and the Northern Military Kids Choir.