Evacuation experience for Island students

By a County Press reporter

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

 

Evacuation experience for Island students

Youngsters take part in an evacuation day at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway in 2010. Picture by Peter Boam.

THE chance to learn about life as an evacuee during the Second World War will be on offer to youngsters from Isle of Wight schools.

Children from twelve schools will take part in an annual event at Isle of Wight Steam Railway in Havenstreet, which will be transformed to replicate a wartime station, from June 23 to 26.

The event has been organised by Isle of Wight Council's heritage service.

Students and staff will dress in the clothing of the period and board trains, just as evacuees did.

"Pupils will taste authentic wartime food, such as eggless cake, and will learn about rationing and make-do-and-mend toys.

"As happened during the war, there's every chance the lessons could be interrupted at any time by an air raid siren. If this happens, the pupils must cram into an air raid shelter.

"They will also board a train and be waved off from the platform, giving them a real feeling for how it was for children to be evacuated all those years ago," said a spokesman.

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by Susannah Thornton

17th June 2014, at 19:16:44

Excellent, how educational for the children and great that the staff participate too. Although not my era, it must be wonderful to see this and learn how other's lived.

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