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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

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Workington pupils step back in time

Thirty youngsters from St Patrick’s School in Workington dressed up as evacuees as part of a World War Two topic they are studying.

Year four pupils have been making gas masks, luggage labels and have bought and made 1940s-style clothing which they wore as part of a visit to the Beacon in Whitehaven.

They carried out role-playing exercises and took a tour of interactive displays at the museum.

The pupils have also been reading Goodnight Mr Tom, a novel about a young evacuee during the war.

They have been studying the topic for a full term with year four teachers Andrea Williamson and Jenna Pears as part of a history course.

Mrs Williamson said: “The aim is to make the children think about what it would have been like for evacuees who had to leave their families behind and go and live with strangers.

“Many of the children have talked about family members who were in the war and shared stories passed down to them.”

Have your say

Oh,yes! Iwas a child of 6or7 years when the first evacuees came to Workington. One evening two or three small boys knocked on the door at 10, Calva Brow. (I wonder who lives there now?). I begged my mother to take them but she was just not able to do it!. It's hard to believe the covered bridge across the tracks at the station is still there. At that time my father was District Controller for the L.M.S. railway from Barrow-in-Furness all the way up the Cumberland coast and his office was on the platform where the group photo was taken. I well remember St. Patrick's and some of the teachers there. Happy memories of my growing up in Workington. We left in 1948.

Posted by Freda Woolley, (nee Walker) on 14 December 2012 at 07:13

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