Media students make Remembrance Day video

Anika Davies and Josh Travis, Media students at Wigan and Leigh College
Anika Davies and Josh Travis, Media students at Wigan and Leigh College

TALENTED students from Wigan and Leigh College’s Media Department have composed a moving music video to honour the memories of all those who have sacrificed their lives at war.

Students, Anika Davies and Josh Travis filmed the moments that Wigan remembered the country’s fallen soldiers at the town’s Remembrance commemorations.

The video features footage of World War Two as well as capturing Wigan’s community paying their respects at the ceremony held in the heart of the town centre on Sunday.

The music video which is being created in conjunction with Wigan Council will be presented to the local authority by the two budding media producers at a prestigious ceremony.

Anika, 17, a former Smithills High School pupil said, “The video was inspired by Vera Lynn’s We’ll Meet Again song which was released in 1939.

“The song is one of the most popular songs of the Second World War era and pens the heartache of soldiers going to war and leaving their loved ones behind. It has been a moving and rewarding project to work on – I sincerely hope the video will help the borough take a moment to remember all of those who didn’t come home from war.”

Josh, 16, a former Cansfield High School pupil added: “I feel privileged to be able to work on such a poignant video.

“The project has enabled Anika and I to not only give back to the community but implement our skills and produce a video which will be seen by many.

“It is an honour to be able to work on such an important project with the council.”

Maxine Mealey, head of media, performing arts and music at the college, said: “The project has enabled students to work on a live brief delivered by the local authority. The production of the video was carried out by the students; with the duo both filming and editing the footage.

“I’m hoping that the college can continue to support the local authority through projects like this.”