CHILDREN as young as six have held a school assembly in a mark of respect to servicemen and women.

Pupils in Year 2 at St Mary's RCVA Primary School, in Newton Aycliffe, today (Friday, November 10) presented the Remembrance Day service attended by representatives from across the armed forces.

Soldiers from Catterick Garrison, Army Cadets, officers from the Royal Navy and Army Medical Services, and an ex-servicemen were handed poppy wreaths and watched on as schoolchildren read aloud, sang songs and displayed their work.

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Teacher and organiser Joanne Wills said: "Remembrance means a lot to us. It's important for the children to get the enrichment and understanding of what remembrance means. It was a really emotional assembly."

Pupils were visited by soldiers from Catterick Garrison earlier this week when they learned about life in the forces.