Fallen soldiers remembered

Front: Kyle Gibson, Charo Lockhart, Paige Chisholm & Dylan Kerr.
Back: Andrew Starke, Emma Jenkins, Millie Pearson & Neve Taylor-Bridges.
Front: Kyle Gibson, Charo Lockhart, Paige Chisholm & Dylan Kerr. Back: Andrew Starke, Emma Jenkins, Millie Pearson & Neve Taylor-Bridges.

Newtongrange Primary School pupils are up for an award for their poignant video about soldiers from a street in the village who died in World War Two.

The children now need people to vote for their entry online by Sunday to become this year’s overall winner of Legion Scotland’s Films of Remembrance competition.

John Duncan, of Newbattle at War, helped the eight P7 pupils with their project, which also recently featured on the BBC national news.

He said: “The kids came up with the idea of picking one street to focus on. They went for The Square. Eighty men went to war from The Square and ten were killed.

“The brief was to show the impact of the war on the community. I gave them background information and study material. It was done very quickly, it’s quite impressive.

“I think it’s an important piece of work by the kids. I’m glad to see they are still remembering as that’s the whole point. I’m the first to complain about kids in the park setting fire to things, etc, but kids aren’t all bad and this proves it.”

Having watched all 52 entries, Legion Scotland’s judging panel selected four films, including Newtongrange Primary School’s video, to put before the public for voting.

Isabel Marshall, Newtongrange Primary School headteacher, said: “I’m really pleased. The children learnt a huge amount from the project and are very proud of what they have done. We are all very proud. Now we are just encouraging everyone to vote.”

To help the pupils scoop the top prize visit www.legionscotland.org.uk/schools.