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Students create Remembrance Day memorial bench to commemorate Britain’s brave

A Remembrance Day memorial bench made by Sunderland College’s students is taking pride of place in reception at our City Campus.

Our Welding Level 1 and Welding Level 2 Carpentry and Joinery students created the memorial bench, designing the artwork for the back plate to honour those who  lost their lives in conflict.

Steve Gardner, Fabrication and Welding Lecturer, said: “Ideas for student-led projects had been discussed for a while and Remembrance Day seemed to be the ideal event for us to complete a project. Our students and staff have put a lot of time and effort into making a piece that commemorates the members of the armed forces who never came home. The bench stands as a memorial for these individuals and demonstrates our students’ practical skills.”

The bench is strewn with bright red poppies and the well-known phrase ‘lest we forget’ which is thought to have derived from Rudyard Kipling’s poem – ‘Recessional’, with Kevin Lewis, Automotive Spray Paint Lecturer leading on the art and paintwork culminating in the creative display.

Students benefited from being given the opportunity to work on a live project which was also a commemorative piece for the college to display. The memorial bench has been designed so that the back plate can be changed to support various events.



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