SLIDESHOW - You could have heard a pin drop

Studies came to a full stop at Linlithgow Academy on Tuesday for a very special ceremony.

Pupils and staff came together to create a permanent memorial to the 27 former pupils who died in World War One which was completed on Tuesday, November 11 – Armistice Day.

Linlithgow Academy Remembrance Garden

Linlithgow Academy Remembrance Garden

Individual acrylic poppies have been created for each of the former pupils and these will be interspersed with real poppies once they germinate and grow, said school librarian Chris Morrison.

Chris added: “It was a really touching and poignant ceremony which was well attended by pupils and staff and you could have heard a pin drop in the quadrangle.”

The final poppy was attached to the memorial by head boy Neil Anderson and head girl Sarah McDonald.

Piper Ben Miller played and the poem ‘The Crosses’ was read out by S1 pupils. Added Chris: “The new memorial will be treated with great respect and I think Tuesday’s ceremony will stay with people for a long time to come.”

He added that plans were in place to install lighting and wall plaques to enhance the memorial.