On Sunday 16 September, the Dean Close community gathered in the Bacon Theatre to pay tribute to the fallen Old Decanians of World War I, in the form of a dramatic realisation of the lives of 12 ODs – “Dean Close Remembers”, presented by the drama department and directed by Rebecca Vines. This had initially been presented in 2014 to mark the centenary of the beginning of the Great War, and it was felt that we could not allow the ending of that terrible time to pass without marking the occasion. The words and music were compiled and edited by Miss Vines, with some close support and help from the Archive department – original letters and communications from ODs at the front and in the armed forces at that time.
There were two performances – at 3pm and a Gala performance at 7pm – of this powerful commemoration; many said that the highlight for them was the spectacular re-enactment of the battle of the Somme, together with falling poppies and Last Post, as the names of all the fallen ODs were proclaimed by current pupils and rang out through the Bacon theatre. A powerful reminder of what our society, not only our School, owes to those who gave their lives for our current freedoms – perhaps not only in the Great War, but in World War 2 as well.