We started the morning with un chocolat chaud and breakfast. Everyone had slept well and the teachers were pleasantly surprised at how quickly everybody was up, dressed and ready to go! Could it be the lure of the market?
We arrived in St Omer and practised our French as we wandered around and bought some souvenirs and the latest trend this year seems to be brightly coloured sunglasses! You’ll need shades just to look at them, parents, beware!
Then it was back on the coach and un petit pause while we travelled to Sanctuary Wood trenches and Tyne Cot War Cemetery.
‘The cemetery was so large, it shows you how many people died and that everyone loses.’
‘Neither side wins, one just gains more land; they both lose people.’
‘It’s amazing how many people gave up their lives for us.’
‘It’s fascinating how old the trenches were and how well-preserved.’
‘People entered the war without knowing what they had volunteered for.’
‘When we went to Tyne Cot it hit home how many had died.’
‘It was humbling how young the soldiers were.’
‘Even though I didn’t know anyone I still felt sorry for them.’
The mood was lightened as we moved on to Ypres and the chocolate shops. Then we had supper before a long, emotional but amazing day culminated in Will and Mary laying a wreath for Rose Hill at The Menin Gate.