BGS Stone of Remembrance
On Thursday 24th June, Bury Grammar School was delighted to welcome guests and supporters into the Rose Garden for a socially distanced event entitled Preserve. Record. Inspire.
The event celebrated several commemorative activities that we were unable to complete in 2020 as part of our 450th Anniversary, and which will become part of the historical archive of the School.
Pupils from the Infants and Kindergarten created two time capsules which they buried under the new Memorial Cherry Tree. These were filled with documents, pictures, and memorabilia from School today.
The pupils from both the Boys’ and the Girls‘ Junior Schools also sang beautifully.
Miss Kiri Gore, BGS Director of Arts and Culture, who created the Reflect art installation, spoke about the 1300+ mirrored markers all containing moments of reflection from the whole BGS community. Headmaster Mr Devin Cassidy spoke poignantly about the past BGS pupils who had given the ultimate sacrifice in conflict, and officially opened the new BGS Stone of Remembrance which is now installed, to be preserved in our Rose Garden.
The Corps of Drums also played, and the Honour Guard presented arms, followed by a wreath-laying by the Headmaster and Major David Newbury, BGS Contingent Commander. The Last Post sounded and a minute’s silence held.
Mr Devin Cassidy said:
'It was a great honour to formally open the Stone of Remembrance on behalf of the School. It is a fitting, dignified and permanent tribute to our fallen swans who paid the ultimate sacrifice. The Stone demonstrates our commitment and the generations that come after us, to never forget.
We will remember them.'
An enjoyable lunch was followed by a touching farewell speech on behalf of the School by Bursar, Mrs Jane Stevens, who thanked outgoing Head of Development Mrs Alison Holland for her hard work in fundraising over £4 million for bursaries and capital projects.
It was a hugely enjoyable day, and it was delightful to welcome guests back to a ‘live’ event at School. The event was repeated in the afternoon with a further set of guests, to comply with Government regulations.
Principal, Mrs Jo Anderson, remarked,
‘I would like to thank everyone involved for a number of captivating projects and a moving day of celebration which reflect the history, dignity, talent and unique nature of our School. Bringing the community together through shared experiences, memories and a collective sense of gratitude meant a lot, I know, to everyone who took part. We are immensely grateful to all our BGS pupils, staff, parents, and friends who supported ‘Preserve – Record – Inspire.’