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Disruptive silence

A secondary school in Bristol has sparked outrage by failing to observe the two minute silence on Armistice Day – because it would disrupt classes. The headteacher of Bedminster Down School in Bristol said it was impractical to interrupt lessons – particularly PE and cookery – at 11am on Tuesday. So instead the act of remembrance was moved to the lunch break at 12.30pm, which was ”a more appropriate time for reflection”. But the move upset some pupils and local members of the Royal British Legion.

For 90 years British people of all ages and occupations have dropped whatever they
were doing to observe the two minute silence at 11am on November 11.


6 Responses

  1. ?FFS! I admit that perhaps if you are on short finals lobbing into Heathrow or perhaps a silence may be awkward to say the least.

    In a school? Now what have they just taught? I know that the observance is voluntary, but the choice is up to the individual, not some prat who possibly likes ticky boxes.

  2. They stopped the minutes silence at the KC Stadium on Saturday because the Bolton fans started singing, disgraceful behaviour…

  3. I thought that schools were meant to be quiet unless a Q was asked or general discussion was going on. How times have changed.

    Agree about the football did not know that one it is a disgrace, but then l totally dislike football and if any othe rsport behaved as theydo fans and players it would be banned.

  4. Sorry, but we have not been observing the two minutes silence at 11am on the 11th month for 90 years. For many years the two minute silence was only observed by the general public on Remembrance Sunday, which I believe was instituted to avoid total disruption to industry if held on the 11th November. It is only in the last few years that the Silence on the 11th has been so widely observed.

    I know that many ex-Servicemen’s Organisations, and some individual veterans, went along to the local War Memorial and stood on their own.

    Within the last ten years one of the town’s I served in had a parade to Church for a Remembrance Service, and then marched back to the Memorial for a Silence at 12 Noon.

    Don’t be too hard on the Head. Just be grateful that the pupils were asked to Remember.

  5. I think there’s no excuse.

    Two minutes is no time at all to stand and remember the brave men and their women for whom sacrifice wasn’t just a word on paper.

    We need to remember and honour their contribution to our present.

  6. @ Roses. I think there is every excuse.

    There is a Remembrance Day. That is on Remembrance Sunday. There is a special time set aside for remembering. That is 11.00 on Remembrance Sunday.

    11/11/11 is not Remberance Day. Just because some people have tried to add it to the national concience, it does not replace Remembrance day. Should it replace Remembrance Sunday? No. That is what Remembrance Sunday is for.
    Should it be in addition to Remembrance Sunday? No. That is what Remembrance Sunday is for.

    So, as someone who parades in uniform every Remembrance Sunday and salutes my fallen friends during the two minutes silence, but chooses to do it then and not on 11/11, how am I failing to remember and honour them?

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