Students commemorate the First World War

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Blackpool students laid a wreath to remember the fallen of the First World War during a visit to the Belgian battlefields.

The Blackpool Sixth Form College youngsters visited sites, memorials and graves across Belgium to appreciate the size and scale of the conflict, and the conditions the soldiers had to endure.

Students from BTEC public services and A-level history, and travel and tourism courses said their trip was especially poignant this year, 100 years after the start of the conflict which cost over 16 million lives.

The itinerary was designed to look at different elements of the Great War and the impact this made across Europe.

A special feature of the visit was the laying of a wreath on behalf of the college at the Menin Gate ‘Memorial to the Missing’ in Ypres, Belgium.

Student Ashleigh Blundell, 18, from Fleetwood, said: “We got to visit many memorable war sites.

“The site I found the most interesting was the tunnels at Vimy, I got a real feel for what life for soldiers would have been like, while they were hiding underground in that tight and claustrophobic environment.”

Classmate Chloe Wright, 18, from South Shore, added: “I particularly liked the last post ceremony, where we got to 
remember those who fought in the war.”