STUDENTS and staff at a Flintshire high school were joined by special guests for a Remembrance Service on Friday.

The event at Flint High School was attended by guests including David Hanson (Labour parliamentary candidate), Cllr Norma Davies (Mayor of Flint), Cllr Paul Cunningham, Cllr Marion Bateman, Rev Brian Harvey, and representatives from the Rotary Club of Flint and Holywell, and Flint and District Lions.

Guests took their seats as the hymn Nearer My God to Thee played.

Army, air and St John Ambulance cadet,s and drummers from the Clwyd and Gwynedd Cadet Force Corps of Drums marched into the service led by standard bearers, Joseph Burrows from Flint Army Cadets, Matthew Roberts from Flint Air Cadets and Louise Barker-Morris MBE, drum major.

Following a performance by the choir, sixth form performing arts students acted out a stylised theatre piece in remembrance of the soldiers who lost their lives in battle.

Head boy Evan Cooper, and head girl Hannah Brownbill, read the poem Pabi Coch (Red Poppy) and spoke about the symbolic importance of the First World War soldier sat on the bench at Flint Castle that students at the school have helped to restore after it was vandalised earlier this year. Welsh teacher, Emma Lane, read a poem by Hedd Wyn, the Welsh language poet who was killed on the first day of the Battle of Passchendaele in the First World War.

Hannah Wilman gave a stunning vocal performance of A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, a song published in 1940 and made popular by Vera Lynn during the Second World War.

A member of staff read the Ode of Remembrance, taken from Laurence Binyon's poem, For the Fallen, which was followed by the poignant Last Post played on the cornet by Daniel Edwards, a Year 10 student from St Richard Gywn Catholic High School.

Following the two-minute silence, Clare Millington, deputy headteacher, closed the service with a short blessing and the cadets marched out of the service to the sound of the Imperial Echoes music.

Mrs Millington said: "Our Remembrance Service is always a very poignant occasion as we pay tribute to all those brave servicemen and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice and continue to do so.

"I would like to thank all our special guests for joining us, and the staff, students and everyone involved in producing the service for their hard work and professionalism."