Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College contribute to GP90

Originally published at: https://garatshay.org.uk/welbeck-defence-sixth-form-college-contribute-to-gp90/

Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College contribute to the Great Pilgrimage 90

The Y Services Branch as a National Branch has no close affiliations to local communities because its membership is spread throughout the UK and in many countries overseas. In order though to involve more than just the Branch in Great Pilgrimage 90 (GP90) preparations the Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College was approached and the College students were invited to write a poem or message for our GP90 wreath.

On Friday 6 July 2018, with the kind permission of College Principal Peter Middleton, a military parade of the whole college was held and a small ceremony took place during which the young lady who had written the winning entry read her beautifully worded poem.

The winning student reads her GP90 wreath poem

The Y Service (Garats Hay) Branch GP90 Wreath message

Branch Chairman Nick Berry then responded with a thank you message to the College from the Branch.

This was a memorable event and marked the beginning of the Branch GP90 journey as well as cementing the relationship between the Branch and the College which is situated on a site formerly occupied by the Garats Hay military Base and training centre.

Branch Chairman Nick Berry receives the Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College GP90 Wreath Message. Dennis Weir is the Branch GP90 Wreath Bearer and Peter Gilbert Branch Deputy Standard Bearer.

We will remember them

Y Services Branch members watch the Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College parade.

For more information about the Great Pilgrimage 90 Please visit the Main Royal British Legion website

11 July 2018

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Excellent turnout and performance by all there! :+1:

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I have great memories of commanding 2 Sqn, Comms and Sy Group when I retired in 1983.
How fitting that it is now the home of Welbeck College.

What a beautifully written poem!


A beautiful and moving poem. It shows great insight, empathy and maturity by the student. Thank you for composing something so beautiful for us.

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One week since the GP90 Parade through the Menin Gate at Ypres. A completely unforgettable and moving experience.
A few photos from the day:
Dennis with our wreath, as part of the temporary memorial and how the poem looked when attached:

Me with the National Branches District contingent, on the march through the Menin Gate (2nd to the right of the ‘play’ arrow) and the view of the massed standards once formed up for the service.

We WILL Remember Them!