A group of Newcastle College students were treated to a special visit from the Royal Corps of Signals and the Royal Ghurka Rifle Brigade as the Royal British Legion mark their ‘Rethink Remembrance’ campaign.
Soldiers from both divisions were on campus to deliver a series of student workshops to raise awareness of the vital work carried out by the Royal British Legion. Delivered to over 100 students, the workshops included talks from serving soldiers and specialist team building exercises all designed to provide students with an insight into life in the armed forces.
The Poppy Appeal, held every year is the Legion’s biggest fundraising campaign. Rethink Remembrance aims to recognise the sacrifices made not just by the armed forces of the past, but today’s generation of veterans and service personnel who need support.
Catherine Orridge, Head of Access to Further Education at Newcastle College said: “With this visit we are hoping to inspire our students and provide them with a rounded understanding of British values and the role the Armed Forces plays within our society.
”We were delighted to welcome soldiers to our campus to raise awareness amongst the younger generation of the great work that the Royal British Legion does for service personnel. Our students have not only benefited from hands-on activities, but a number have successfully worked alongside the Royal Corps of Signals to deliver the event.”
As part of the showcase, the Royal Ghurkha Rifle Brigade also performed their celebrated Khukuri Dance, showcasing the broad spectrum of culture and tradition centred within the British Army.
The Ghurkha’s, a Nepalese military brigade, have supported troops in the British Army for over 200 years. The Khurkuri Dance is a traditional display performed at ceremonial events and cultural shows, showcasing Ghurkha soldiers’ skills handling the Khukuri sword.
Sgt John Stephenson of the Royal Corps of Signals said: “We really wanted to inspire the college students with this showcase and encourage them to find out about the work of The British Legion within their local community.
“Our aim is to raise an awareness of the new generation of veterans and their families, along with the vital work the charity carries out in the community. This event has been an excellent opportunity for our soldiers to work directly with young people, and speak to students about what it’s really like to serve their country.”