In collaboration with Councillor Mimi Harker OBE, local Armed Forces Champion, the boys co-ordinated the entire event, from designing the invitations, decorating the school’s Dining Room, planning and serving the refreshments, preparing entertainment and even making wooden Beacon mementoes as take-home gifts for their guests.
The Beacon’s Head Boy, James Stewart, led the team of boys who were inspired to host the event after their recent studies of WW1 and a moving trip to the Battlefields in Ypres earlier in the year. “We really wanted to do something to thank all the amazing veterans in our local community for everything they have done to preserve our freedom.”
“It was a wonderful opportunity to bring different generations together and for the boys to meet the real life heroes they might have only read about in history books,” said Councillor Mimi Harker. “It brought home the reality of war, service, selflessness and bravery through the veterans’ stories of their experiences. It was a wonderful occasion and I am grateful to The Beacon and the boys for putting on such a splendid afternoon for our wonderful veterans.”
“We really enjoyed meeting with and entertaining all our guests,” says James. “They all said how much they had enjoyed the afternoon and the opportunity to talk with Mimi, the Beacon boys and other local veterans. We would like to make this a more regular event for The Beacon in the future.”