Ratcliffe College is rightly proud of its history, and never more so than today. At 11 o’clock this morning I was at a memorial service where the names of the Old Boys who died in uniform were read out. As Hugo played the last post and Sophie lowered the flag, it was hard to hold the stiff upper lip that is our British trademark. The list of names was long, but then the current CCF also had a huge presence in the chapel, and I felt a pang for the ghosts of the future.

We hope for the future as we remember the past and I sang heartily the words of the National Anthem:
“That men should brothers be
And form one family
The whole world over.”

Photo is of my silk scarf; an original painting by Lyn Armitage.