Students help nation to remember at Royal Albert Hall

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Bright young students from Nelson played their part in the nation’s Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall.

The pupils from Marsden Heights Community College spoke in front of the Royal Family in a proud culmination of their First World War school project several years in the making.

The youngsters – Lois Myles-Hargraves, Mancy Mariyathas, Amaika Naeem and Zainab Naz were praised by headteacher Ian Adlington.

He said: “We are very proud of the four young ladies who took part.

“I believe that all who saw it will have been astounded and humbled at the insight, eloquence and sincerity of the girls.

“These girls have been contributing selflessly to a local Remembrance project, in order to ensure that we continue to remember and appreciate the sacrifices that are made by some to protect the freedoms and rights of all of us.

“We have received letters of praise and appreciation from across the country.”

Working with The Participation Works NW, Brierfield Action in the Community and the Royal British Legion for the past two years, the group researched their families’ connections to the First World War.

The background to the project was shaped by the assumption that many young Asian people did not understand the role their ancestors played in contributing to victory in the First World War, its historical significance and how it has enabled them and their families to live their lives in the western world.

Mancy said: “The project helped me achieve a better understanding of the community and country that I live in, as well as helping me overcome my shyness in front of large crowds. It was an astounding and awe inspiring experience.

“It was a privilege and honour to be part of such a phenomenal experience.”

Lynne Blackburn, from Participation Works, said: “It has been a pleasure working alongside the girls and teacher Claire Ferguson-Smith. It was emotional and unforgettable.”