Pupils’ message on Ypres wreath

Pocklington Junior School head teacher Alex Reppold and some of the pupils with Mark Abel and Kevin Warcup.
Pocklington Junior School head teacher Alex Reppold and some of the pupils with Mark Abel and Kevin Warcup.

Pocklington Royal British Legion branch members will join thousands of people on a pilgrimage of remembrance to World War One battlefields.

The pilgrimage is part of the end of the First World War centenary commemorations and culminates with a parade and ceremony in Ypres, Belgium.

Local Legion members Mark Abel and Kevin Warcup will represent the Pocklington branch and the local community, as Standard Bearer and wreath layer 
respectively. The branch is collaborating with a town school to create a special message for the ceremony.

It contacted Alex Reppold, the head teacher of the Pocklington Community Junior School, asking the children to write a unique remembrance message for Kevin and Mark to take to the Menin Gate.

This message will be placed on the wreath where it will be displayed in a special installation to be viewed by the general public until the end of August.

The pair will tour some of the battlefields and cemeteries visited by those on the 1928 Pilgrimage, before marching along the original route through Ypres, to the Menin Gate on Wednesday 8 August, bearing their branch standard and a wreath.

Mr Warcup said: “Great Pilgrimage 90 is a unique opportunity for the Legion community to come together and bear our Standards along the same route in Ypres taken 90 years earlier by the veterans and widows of the First World War.

“The branch looks forward to proudly representing Pocklington at the event.”