Pupils reflect on the war

Headlands book presentation
Headlands book presentation

STUDENTS were taken back in time to appreciate the sacrifices made by local soldiers during the First World War.

Local authors Chris Bonnett and Mike Wilson visited Headlands School to give a special talk on their recently published book ‘The Great War Heroes of Bridlington’.

During the talk, a selection of surnames shared by the fallen soldiers and some of the students was read out.

This helped show continuity over the nearly 100-year period since the First World War, much to the surprise of the students.

Mention was made of both the Cenotaph and the Roll of Honour at the Priory, which lists the 332 soldiers, sailors and airmen of Bridlington who gave their lives.

Both Chris and Mike were delighted by the positive response of the students. Chris said: “Writing the book was so worthwhile, but to know that the future generations of pupils can still pause and reflect upon the lives of those brave men of Bridlington, makes it doubly so.”

A copy of the book, which was officially launched at Bridlington Central Library last Friday, was generously donated to the School Library for future reference.