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    Festival of Thanks

    Posted On: 10/02/15

    At Joyce Frankland Academy we are incredibly proud of our links with Carver Barracks and were honoured for several members of staff to be invited to the Festival of Thanks which marked the end of Operation Herrick.

    After 14 years Operation Herrick- the presence of UK combat forces in Afghanistan- has finally come to an end.

    Inspired by the much deserved medals parades and events to acknowledge the service and sacrifice of the serving forces around the country and the world during OP Herrick, a group of wives based at Carver Barracks came together to create a special event to acknowledge the courage, endurance and service of the families of soldiers from 33 and 101 EOD (bomb disposal) regiments during the many deployments of their loved ones to Afghanistan.

    On Saturday 24th January 2015, they put on an event which started with readings by Tia Hart (Year 11) Jay Flint (Year 10) and Abishek Gurung (Year 7) and the unveiling of a carved commemorative stone.

    This was then followed by a medals parade where every child attending received their own medal acknowledging their contribution during OP Herrick. This quieter, reflective part of the day was then followed by entertainment for the children and spouses of serving personnel from the 2 regiments which included the Military Wives Choir singing “Stronger Together” assisted by primary and secondary pupils.