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Pupils give a helping hand to members of the Royal British Legion

PUBLISHED: 06:04 13 June 2018 | UPDATED: 09:09 13 June 2018

Pupils at Walsingham Primary School were joined by Royal British Legion members (L) Adam Potter and John Boisson. Picture: Ian Burt

Pupils at Walsingham Primary School were joined by Royal British Legion members (L) Adam Potter and John Boisson. Picture: Ian Burt

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Pupils at a Walsingham school received a special visit from members of the Royal British Legion.

Adam Potter gave pupils at Walsingham Primary School the chance to raise the Royal British Legion standard. Picture: Ian BurtAdam Potter gave pupils at Walsingham Primary School the chance to raise the Royal British Legion standard. Picture: Ian Burt

On Friday, two members of the Norfolk Legion held a presentation for the pupils at Walsingham Primary Academy.

The pupils were able to get creative and write prayers to go with a wreath which will be laid at a memorial by members of the Royal British Legion.

They were also given the opportunity to raise the Royal British Legion standard.

Pupils at Walsingham Primary School had the chance to raise the Royal British Legion standard. Picture: Ian BurtPupils at Walsingham Primary School had the chance to raise the Royal British Legion standard. Picture: Ian Burt

The Legion members are taking part in the Great Pilgrimage 90 (GP90) which is set to be the Legion’s biggest membership event in history. The GP90 will see a tour to First World War battlefields and cemeteries which will mark 90 years since the Great Pilgrimage.

A decade after the end of the war, veterans and war widows visited the battlefields of the Somme and Ypres before marching to the Menin Gate in Ypres on August 8 1929.

Exactly 90 years later, two representatives from every branch and county or their local community will carry their standards along the same route in Ypres to the Menin Gate, representing an entire generation that served while defending their country.

Adam Potter gave pupils at Walsingham Primary School the chance to raise the Royal British Legion standard. Picture: Ian BurtAdam Potter gave pupils at Walsingham Primary School the chance to raise the Royal British Legion standard. Picture: Ian Burt

As part of this event, Walsingham RBL section are asking the children of Walsingham school to write a message to be placed on the poppy wreath that will be laid at the Menin Gate to honour those from the village who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Adam Potter, member of the Legion visited the pupils at school with Norfolk county Royal British Legion chairman John Boisson.

He said: “The school made us feel very welcome and the children showed so much interest in what we will be doing at GP90.”

Adam Potter gave pupils at Walsingham Primary School the chance to raise the Royal British Legion standard. Picture: Ian BurtAdam Potter gave pupils at Walsingham Primary School the chance to raise the Royal British Legion standard. Picture: Ian Burt

Mr Potter has been the Walsingham standard bearer since 2010 as there was nobody else to do it.

He added: “I’m proud to be given the opportunity to go to GP90 with the Walsingham branch standard and to be able to pay my respect to all those who served.”

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Adam Potter gave pupils at Walsingham Primary School the chance to raise the Royal British Legion standard. Picture: Ian BurtAdam Potter gave pupils at Walsingham Primary School the chance to raise the Royal British Legion standard. Picture: Ian Burt

Adam Potter gave pupils at Walsingham Primary School the chance to raise the Royal British Legion standard. Picture: Ian BurtAdam Potter gave pupils at Walsingham Primary School the chance to raise the Royal British Legion standard. Picture: Ian Burt

Adam Potter gave pupils at Walsingham Primary School the chance to raise the Royal British Legion standard. Picture: Ian BurtAdam Potter gave pupils at Walsingham Primary School the chance to raise the Royal British Legion standard. Picture: Ian Burt

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