Parliament calls for Stockton student


Stockton Sixth Form College student Nathania Ewruje has been invited to deliver a reading at a remembrance service honouring Winston Churchill at the Houses of Parliament on Friday 30th January.

In order to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the former Prime Minister’s state funeral, a series of events will take place as part of ‘Churchill 2015’. The Houses of Parliament will host a remembrance service and wreath laying ceremony in recognition of Churchill’s outstanding contribution to Parliament.

Nathania, who was named Best Speaker in the English-Speaking Union’s National Public Speaking Competition for Schools last year and subsequently won the Winston Churchill Cup for Public Speaking, will contribute to the service alongside the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow.

On the same day, the Havengore vessel, which carried the coffin of Sir Winston, will retrace its journey down the Thames, taking the same route at the same time of day as 50 years previously.

Nathania Ewruje, 17, a former Red House School student, said: “To be invited to speak at such a momentous occasion honouring Sir Winston Churchill is a huge opportunity and something I am really looking forward to.

“I’m very nervous but confident I can do the reading justice and pay tribute to Churchill in a fitting way.”

Joanna Bailey, Principal at Stockton Sixth Form College, said: “Nathania can deliver readings which are not only technically excellent, but warm, passionate and engaging. Being invited to commemorate Sir Winston Churchill at a national event is a remarkable opportunity and testament to Nathania’s exceptional talents.

“We are sure she will provide a stunning tribute.”