A hugely successful visit to Ypres

Fifty primary school children from Vange Primary School and Greensted Junior School in Basildon as well as Adolf Clarenbach Schule in Heiligenhaus met together at Ypres, Belgium over the weekend.
Pupils took part in a re-enactment of the 1914 Christmas Truce football match followed by an afternoon of games where the children from the three schools were mixed up together.
In the evening representatives from the three schools laid wreaths at the Menin Gate.
On Sunday the entire group visited the Hooge Crater Museum and witnessed the original trench system at Hill 62 which they were able to walk through and to gain an idea of what it would have been like to live in that environment 100 years ago.
Finally everyone went to Tyne Cot Commonwealth War memorial to look for those who fell from Basildon who are remembered there and then to Langemark German Cemetery to lay a cross at the grave of a Heiligenhaus man.
The trip was part of the Forget Never Project and organised by Basildon Twinning Association and was a hugely moving experience for all the children, staff and parents.
Pupils and staff of Vange Primary School, Greensted Junior School and Adolf Clarenbach Schule in Heiligenhaus
Pupils and staff of Vange Primary School, Greensted Junior School and Adolf Clarenbach Schule in Heiligenhaus

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