Veterans recently were treated to afternoon tea by a group of students from The Beacon School in Amersham.

Boys from the school designed the invitations, decorated the school’s dining room, planned and served the refreshments, prepared entertainment and made mementoes as gifts for the guests.

Head boy James Stewart led the team of students who had been inspired to host the event after recently visiting the Ypres in Belgium earlier in the year.

James said: “We really enjoyed meeting with and entertaining all our guests. They all said how much they had enjoyed the afternoon and the opportunity to talk with Mimi, the Beacon boys and other local veterans.

“We would like to make this a more regular event for The Beacon in the future.”

Cllr Mimi Harker OBE, who works as a local Armed Forces Champion, helped the student’s co-ordinate the event. Cllr Harker said: We really wanted to do something to thank all the amazing veterans in our local community for everything they have done to preserve our freedom.

“It was a wonderful opportunity to bring different generations together and for the boys to meet the real-life heroes they might have only read about in history books.

“It brought home the reality of war, service, selflessness and bravery through the veterans’ stories of their experiences. It was a wonderful occasion and I am grateful to The Beacon and the boys for putting on such a splendid afternoon for our wonderful veterans.”