Ramsey Grammar students played an active part in Armed Forces Day at the Villa Marina on Sunday, 24 June 2018. A number of our Key Stage 3 students and the Senior Sixth Form committee members marched alongside veterans to the Villa Marina where they enjoyed a service and commemoration concert. There was also a large RGS contingent amongst the numerous cadets present.
This year, the format of Armed Forces Day was slightly different from previous years and featured a Family Fun Day in the Villa Marina Gardens and a concert after a religious service. Ramsey Grammar School students featured heavily in the concert, with our own Mera Royle, who was recently named winner of the BBC Radio 2's Young Folk Award, playing two pieces on her harp. Head Boy Oliver Cowan read out Wilfred Owen’s poem ‘Anthem for a Doomed Youth’ and Millie Smith, Sian Hooson-Owen and Reece Dalugdugan read out epitaphs from gravestones to remember the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. In addition, the RGS choir sang “Sailing” to remember the Falklands conflict.
After the concert, students enjoyed tea and cake and looked around the events in the Villa Marina Gardens. Mr Keelaghan, who organised the KS3 Marchers, said “it was an inclusive event which highlighted the contributions Manx Servicemen and women have made”.
Special thanks to the students and teachers Mrs Will-Jones, Mr Davies and Mr Keelaghan.