A host of events were conducted throughout EKC Group’s Colleges to remember the sacrifice of those lost in war.
On Thursday, Armistice Day, sites across east Kent paused for a minute’s silence at 11am. Ashford College’s central stairway was lined with hundreds of students as the last post played. Meanwhile some classes paused as the moment came.
The College also hosted a wartime-inspired lunch for veterans and members of Ashford Borough Council, including the town’s Mayor Cllr Callum Knowles.
The dignitary praised the Catering department’s food selection, and enjoyed a poetry reading by student Grant Braddick followed by a rendition of ‘We’ll Meet Again’ by Jorja Satchell.
Cllr Knowles said: “It was a great honour being part of the event, it was a wonderful showcase of the many talents of the College’s students.
“It’s extremely important that all generations can come together to take a moment of reflection.”
Local veterans and dignitaries also received a free lunch at Dover Technical College, where they were joined by members of the Students’ Union, Principal Paul Owen and his deputy Eleanor Sherratt.
Staff at Canterbury College’s Learning Resource Centre decked out the facility with streams of poppies, as well as pictures and poetry from the two World Wars.
The College also played host to representatives from the Uniformed Public Services sector at a Remembrance Day Service on Thursday, with members of the police, army, navy and cadets in attendance.
A Remembrance Service was held at Broadstairs College, with members of the community present to pay their respects alongside the student and staff body.
A large number gathered around the central square near the Welcome building, where wreaths were laid on behalf of the College and EKC Group.
At Folkestone College, students and staff joined outside for two minutes’ silence as they remembered The Fallen.
Students from the College’s Supported Learning and Early Years/Health and Social Care departments also designed displays in memory of the day.