PUPILS at Romsey Abbey C of E Primary School, Church Lane, remembered the fallen with a two-minute silence on Wednesday.

To mark Armistice Day, the children gathered outside in their bubbles and listened to one of their teachers play the 'Last Post' before joining in the nation’s 11am silence.

Acting headteacher for the school, Tom Langford, said: "The school stopped to observe the two-minute silence with the 'Last Post' played beautifully by Connie Hammond, our Year 2 teacher.

"Each class then shared the poignant verses from Laurence Binyon’s poem 'For the Fallen' and joined together in a prayer of thanksgiving and peace.

"While the rest of the school were out on the grounds at 11am, our head girl, head boy and their deputies attended a socially distanced act of Remembrance at Romsey Memorial Park, and our pupils were able to lay a poppy wreath at the town’s war memorial.

"In normal circumstances, the whole of Year 6 would have been with the head girl and boy at this ceremony, but because of the pandemic restrictions this was not possible."

He added: "Each year, Victoria Burbidge, from the Romsey War Memorial Archive, arranges for our Year 6 pupils to visit the town’s war memorial and, prior to the visit, helps them understand the lives of the people who’s names are on the Romsey War Memorial.

"Remembrance has been the theme during some other lessons too. Our Year 2 pupils created some beautiful collages during the afternoon inspired by our very thoughtful remembrance service and Year 1 pupils created their own poppies to make a wreath for their classroom door.

"The children put names of soldiers from the Romsey War Memorial into their wreath, because they had held these soldiers in their thoughts during the two minutes silence in the morning."

Leading up to the two-minute silence, Year 4 pupils watched a film about a padre’s experiences on the Front Line in the Second World War.

The film about remembrance had been specially made for young people by Romsey Abbey’s Churchwarden, Chris Pritchard.