Public Services students Laura Kelly, Antia Novas, Liam Babbage, Bailey Skull, Imran Miah and Edward Timms addressed more than 100 guests at the College’s Performance Theatre with their own personal tributes.
The service was led by Rev Dawn Banting, of Portsmouth Cathedral, who later said: “The students are our future and thanks to all of you for making this service so special. It was a great honour to share it with you all.’
Representatives from the Armed Forces were there, as well as members of the Kitbags & Berets division of the Alzheimer’s Society and charity Canine Partners. Kitbags and Berets Support worker Cliff Cropley said: “We really appreciate being invited, it was a lovely service.”
His sentiments were shared by buglers Dawn Yoxon and Debbie Creamer, who’ve played with Portsmouth’s Royal British Legion Band for 33 years.
A Union Jack was flown at half-mast at the campus throughout the day and wreaths (many of them made by students at the College) were laid.
Highbury Public Service lecturer and army veteran Simon Poland said: “I was quite taken aback by the support from the young people – the way they were presented and the respect they showed when they laid the wreaths was quite moving."
Earlier in the week Public Services students from Highbury visited Portsmouth’s Guildhall Square memorial and helped to tidy the area as a mark of respect.