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First Dandelions Blog!

Posted 11/3/2020

Welcome to our first Dandelion Blog, written by Service children from across North Yorkshire.  This first issue features articles written by the amazing young people who took part in the Service to Remember at Ripon Cathedral, we hope you enjoy reading them as much as we did!

Nickie & Jess

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Name:

Paige

Age:

10

School:

Le Cateau Community Primary School

 

 

Armed Forces Connection:  Dad in the Army, Mum was in the Army

Can you tell us about your life in an Army family?

My Dad normally goes away four times a year.  But this year he is going away about six times, but he’s going to be away from home even long than he’s ment to.  He’s going to Canada, Germany and Estonia.  It makes me feel sorrowful, and I miss his funny jokes.  It sucks

 How did it feel taking part in the Service to Remember at Ripon Cathedral with the MKC Heroes Northern Choir?

Nervous to be meeting children from different schools.  Proud, to be singing in front of loads of people.  Excited, to be on TV and travel to all kinds of places.

How did singing in the Cathedral make you feel?

Nervous to be singing in front of loads of people, and proud to be singing in front of the military wives choir.  It made me feel proud to be part of their team.

How did you feel when you met Normandy veteran Ken Cooke?

I was honoured to meet someone who fought for our freedom.

How important is it for children from Service families to gather together at events like the Service to Remember at Ripon Cathedral?

It helps me remember all those people who died for us in the War.

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Name:

Katarina

Age:

9

School:

Le Cateau Community Primary School

 

 

Armed Forces Connection:  My Dad was in the Armed Forces and he served with 4 Scots, The Highlanders, The Royal Regiment of Scotland

Can you tell us about your life in an Army family?

For me it’s really hard, because we have to move houses and also basses.  It’s hard to make new friends and fit in more, but it’s quite fun because I get to discover new things and different things.

How did it feel taking part in the Service to Remember at Ripon Cathedral with the MKC Heroes Northern Choir?

I felt amazing, because we got to be on tv but mostly because I had fun singing all the songs that we had an opportunity to sing.

How did singing in the Cathedral make you feel?

Very nervous but at the same time very exciting, because this was my first time to be on Tv.  I was apprehensive but it was exciting.  While we were singing I was thinking of my Mum who’s a choir leader and my aunt who loves my singing.

How important is it for children from Service families to gather together at events like the Service to Remember at Ripon Cathedral?

Very important because we are all from army / navy / RAF familys and all there to remember.

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Name:

Grace

Age:

8

School:

Le Cateau Community Primary School

 

 

Armed Forces Connection:  My Dad is in the Army

Can you tell us about your life in an Army family? 

I have to move house and school.  And my Dad goes away sometimes and we sometimes cant contact him.  When Dad goes away Mum has to do all the work.  Sometimes there are day’s out that Dad’s work organises.

How did it feel taking part in the Service to Remember at Ripon Cathedral with the MKC Heroes Northern Choir?

I felt quite proud that I was representing Le Cateau and lots of other Military children in the country.  I felt a bit nervous but I really really enjoyed it.  It felt good standing in front of all those people.  While I was singing I was thinking of Mum, Dad, Nanny, Grandad and friends

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Name:

Orla

Age:

11

School:

Le Cateau Community Primary School

 

 

Armed Forces Connection:  Dad is in the army WO2?

How did it feel taking part in the Service to Remember at Ripon Cathedral with the MKC Heroes Northern Choir?

It felt amazing knowing that we where founding members and that it went really well with the news people in there.

How did singing in the Cathedral make you feel?

It made me feel really proud.  I felt really nervous but me and my friends were really brave.

Were there any special people you were thinking about during the Service?

Dad because he was in kenya.

What was it like seeing Ken Cooke the 94 year old veteran who was in Normandy on D Day?

It made me think about how lucky we are and how lucky he was to be here today.

How did the poem, Normandy, read by LTC Robert Gillespie Blair III from the American military make you feel?

I felt astonished that other countries would do that for us.

How important is it for children from Service families to gather together at events like the Service to Remember at Ripon Cathedral?

I think it is very important to do it becase we all need to know how it feels.

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Name:

Jemimah

Age:

11

School:

Le Cateau Community Primary School

 

 

Armed Forces Connection:  My father is in the arm forces serving in the army.

Can you tell us about your life in an Army family?

Sometimes is can be hard being in a military family because we tend to move a lot, which makes military life different to any civilian family.  It can be hard at times when a serving soldier leaves for work.  And is a-way for months, because they miss out on special events like birthdays, anniversary, school events and the list goes on.  However, the good thing about military life is we get to make new friends, go to new places and learn new cultures.

How did it feel taking part in the Service to Remember at Ripon Cathedral with the MKC Heroes Northern Choir?

During our MKC performance in Ripon I felt so many emotions, but most of all it felt good to sing and remember the soldiers that fought for this country, past and present.

How did singing in the Cathedral make you feel?

When singing at Ripon Cathedral it made me feel proud of representing Le Cateau Primary School.  I felt nervous singing in front of all those people because it was our 1st performance.   

Were there any special people you were thinking about during the Service?

The special people that I thought of was my uncle – who was a soldier – pass away in 2004 and my dad who is away overseas and on tour.  It was an honour to see Mr Ken Cooke, the 94 year old veteran.

How important is it for children from Service families to gather together at events like the Service to Remember at Ripon Cathedral?

I believe it’s important because this is the only time we remember our fallen soldiers and how much the have fought for the country

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Name:

Isadora

Age:

5

School:

Great Ouseburn Primary School

 

 

Armed Forces Connection:  My Daddy is in the RAF

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Name:

Deborah

Age:

13

School:

Boroughbridge High School

 

 

Armed Forces Connection:  My Dad is in the Armed forces (Army).  He’s still serving with 6RLC based in Dishforth Airfield.

Can you tell us about your life in an Army family?

There’s a lot of moving houses, meeting new people and making friends a disadvantage to moving around a lot I lose friends and have to change schools.  I get to see things through other people’s perspectives and come into contact with other cultures and religions.  Military families share a lot of empathy as we are in similar situations.

What was it like to be a part of the Service to Remember at Ripon Cathedral in November 2019?

It was a nerve-wracking experience, yet humbling and I’m thankful for the opportunity, I felt at home seeing other forces children. 

 How did it feel to carry the MKC Heroes Standard to the Cathedral Altar?

It was a huge amount of pressure as everyone in the Cathedral was looking, I was overwhelmed with nerves and the pressure to do something like carrying the flag. 

Is it important that we ask Service children to be involved in the Service?

I think it is, because it is important to acknowledge the past, but also try our best to deal with present issues to help make the future for forces kids, parents and for people serving easier.  We can do this by giving the youth the privilege.

Were there any special people you were thinking about during the Service?

Yes, my father.  He was on deployment at the time in Kenya for 6 months.

How did you feel meeting Ken Cooke, the 94 year old D Day veteran?

It made me greatful for all that I had, that others had risked for us.

How important is it for children from Service families to gather together at events like the Service to Remember at Ripon Cathedral?

I think it is very important as the obstacles with being an armed forces kid can also be issue for other members of the family.  So being there together you can all acknowledge that it can be hard on everyone.

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Name:

Cara

Age:

13

School:

St Francis Xavier School

 

 

Armed Forces Connection:  My Dad was in the Army

Can you tell us about your life in an Army family?

It was cool because I got to see my Dad gig however I didn’t like when he had to go away.  I enjoyed being allowed to go to Armed Forces Days, they were really fun.  Moving to North Yorkshire was hard because we had to get used to all new people and we lost connections to our friends in Scotland.  We live in our own house now and I love it.

What was it like to be a part of the Service to Remember at Ripon Cathedral?

It was cool because I got to be with people who had experienced something that we couldn’t even imagine experiencing and it just made you think of what they had to go through.  I was nervous to walk down the aisle because I don’t like people looking at me however, it turned out to be a great experience because I got to support WWII veteran Mr Cooke.

Were there any special people you were thinking about during the Service?

My Great-Grandad who was a prisoner of war during WWII

What was it like meeting Ken Cooke, the 94 year old DDay veteran?

Eye-opening!  He showed me and Dora what to do when we were laying the wreath and made sure we didn’t walk back down the aisle when we had to stand still for the two minutes silence!  He was very kind. 

How important is it for children from Service families to gather together at events like the Service to Remember at Ripon Cathedral?

I think it is important.  It’s good to know that we’re not alone in what we have to go through and that there’s always people there who know what we’re going through and who we can talk to.

 

I think it is important to remember that if it wasn’t for the members of the Armed Forces who gave their lives in the World Wars, we would be living in a completely different world.

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