Piping for the Missing at Menin Gate

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.

Gordon's drummers at the Menin Gate, where they took part in the Last Post Ceremony.
Gordon's drummers at the Menin Gate, where they took part in the Last Post Ceremony.

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”.

About Gordon's School

Offering a non-selective, co-educational day and residential boarding, Gordon’s School is recognised by HM Chief Inspector of Schools as one of Britain’s most outstanding schools and ranked in the top one per cent for achievement at A Level.

Built by public subscription over a century ago at the insistence of Queen Victoria, Gordon’s School is the national monument to General Charles Gordon of Khartoum.

While Gordon’s School embraces modern ideas, General Gordon’s legacy of traditional values remains. The School’s ethos is that high performance without good character is not true success.

To this end, it’s not just in the classrooms where students excel (90 per cent achieve A*-C Grades at A Level and 92 per cent more than five GCSEs between A*-C including English and Maths), successes are achieved in drama and the arts; debating and public speaking; dance and sport. The School also boasts an enviable record in attaining Duke of Edinburgh awards.

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