Each year, North Yorkshire County Council’s service children’s champions, who work with the children of armed forces personnel and their families, organise an extremely well-attended Service to Remember at Ripon Cathedral for the county’s service children.
Those taking part, with hymns, songs and poetry, are:
- Bolton-on-Swale C of E Primary School
- Sutton-in-Craven C of E (VC) School
- Richmond School
- Linton-on-Ouse Primary School
- Ripon Grammar School
- Holy Trinity C of E Infant School
- Wavell Community Infant and Junior School
- The Wensleydale School choir
- Leeming RAF Community Primary School
- Alanbrooke Community Primary School
- Northern Military Kids Choir
This year, the service cannot be held in the cathedral because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Instead, it has gone online. The online service is led by the Dean of Ripon, the Very Rev John Dobson, and has contributions from schools across North Yorkshire, the Army, RAF, local civic leaders and veterans.
Service children’s champion Jess Greenhalgh said:
We are taking advantage of this unusual situation and inviting as many people as possible to join us for our Service to Remember. All schools in North Yorkshire are invited to view the service on Friday, 6 November, the day we would have all been in the cathedral together.
The theme this year is Heroes, to reflect not only war heroes, but the heroes of this past year – the keyworkers. The service children of North Yorkshire have contributed artwork and poems to the service, detailing their own personal heroes.
The service can be viewed at http://servicepupilschampion.co.uk/Remembrance/