Old Gowers back for Armistice Day events

By Elsabet Malmvarn, Head of Alumni Relations and Stewardship

The Act of Remembrance is probably one of the most special and moving events in the UCS calendar – and it is further enhanced by incorporating members of the Old Gower (UCS alumni) community into the proceedings.

We were delighted, therefore, to welcome nearly 30 Old Gowers and guests back to school for the Act of Remembrance as UCS observed a respectful period of silence in remembrance of the fallen on Friday 11th November. The ceremonial aspect of the occasion was followed by a brunch hosted by the Headmaster, Mark Beard, in the Gower Room.

Each year, there is an open invitation to all Old Gowers to participate as the UCS Foundation remembers those who gave their lives so that we could be free. It is poignant to see the names of fallen Old Gowers on the school’s memorials from the Boer War, World War One and World War Two.

We always seem to get lucky with the weather on Armistice Day, and this latest event was no different. Since the pandemic the livestream of the Act of Remembrance has also become a permanent feature. This has been very much appreciated and has meant that more Old Gowers could take part, from London, the UK and further afield. This year we had Old Gowers signing in from Southern California and Mauritius, to name just a few of the locations.

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