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Truro students meet David Cameron in Belgium

By WBEsme  |  Posted: December 20, 2013

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The Richard Lander students meeting David Cameron at the battlefields in Ypres.

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A group of Truro secondary school students got a pleasant surprise when they bumped in to David Cameron during a school trip in Belgium yesterday.

The 40 year eight and nine pupils from Richard Lander School were visiting the battlefields at Ypres when they spotted the UK’s Prime Minister.

Mr Cameron, who was meeting the Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, stopped to chat with the pupils and told them that he had found the name of his great grandmother’s brother on a war memorial in the town.

Year eight student Zak Minett said: “He was quite intimidating, but at the same time it was also like talking to a mate about the general activities and events we have been doing here and how overwhelming it is when you see the graves and how vest the cemeteries actually are.”

Alongside rubbing shoulders with the country’s number one, the students visited the Flanders Fields Museum, the Bayernwald German Trenches and the Langemark German Cemetery.

The trip tied in with a current school project about British soldier, John Condon, who at 14 years-old was the youngest person to fight in the war.

The students, who have all studied the book ‘Age 14’ by Geert Spillebeen also got the chance to meet and interview the author.

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