As part of Bury Grammar School’s 450th Anniversary celebrations this year, they intended holding a prestigious Drumhead Service to which they had invited a member of the Royal Household to be their guest. Prince Philip visited the Boys’ School in 1976 and rumours were that Prince Edward may have attended the Drumhead Service if it had gone ahead as planned in September 2020.
Under the guidance of The School’s Director of Arts and Culture, Kiri Gore, and as part of their 450+ celebrations, Bury Grammar School plan to create an art installation entitled Wall of Telegrams, which will follow the tradition and style of their Fallen Swans (2016) and Last Letters (2017) initiatives.
The Wall of Telegrams will include written congratulations from friends and supporters of the School such as Edward, the Earl of Derby, the Lord Mayor of Manchester, the Bishop of Manchester and the Colonel of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.
Bury Grammar School have also written to Paul Cummins MBE, creator of the 2016 installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red which contained just under 900,000 ceramic poppies at The Tower of London. Mr Cummins wrote to us in 2016 paying tribute to our School on creating 144 ceramic personalised poppies, one for each Old Boy who died during WWI and WWII.
Taking advice from Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester’s Office, Bury Grammar School’s Bursar, Jane Stevens, wrote to the Palace kindly requesting a message from the Queen in support of their 450+ celebrations and the School was delighted to receive the letter which will be included in their Wall of Telegrams art installation.
Mrs Jo Anderson, Principal, said ‘We are honoured to have received a message from Her Majesty, The Queen, and are thrilled to accept her good wishes for Bury Grammar School in the School’s 450th year. Pupils past and present are immensely proud of the School’s history look forward with confidence to many more happy years of learning to come.’
The Wall of Telegrams installation will be formally revealed by The School in June 2021.