7th February 2020 — Humbled and extremely honoured, student members of the Pipes and Drums from Gordon’s School in West End, Woking took part in the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate on Sunday.
After a Parade from the Town Hall in Ypres through the town, the group of 28 pipers and drummers gathered close to the iconic Memorial to the Missing. There, Pipe Major Owen Carter played the Lament before the whole band joined for Amazing Grace.
A wreath was laid at the foot of the Memorial by Drum Major Lottie Henden.
The Last Post has been sounded at the Gate every evening at 8.00pm since 1928. The Gordon’s Pipes and Drum’s contributed to the 31,669th service.
While the Gordon’s School Pipes and Drums have played at the RAF Memorial at Brookwood Military Cemetery for their Last Post on the first Sunday of each month, this is the first time they have taken part in Ypres.
Senior Pipe Major Iona Scotson said: “This was a tremendous honour for our Pipes and Drums. To have played at the Menin Gate in memory of all the British and Commonwealth soldiers killed during WW1 is a memory that will last with the students forever”.