Grantham pupils spend the day as wartime evacuees

'Evacuees' from Huntingtower Primary School in Grantham.
'Evacuees' from Huntingtower Primary School in Grantham.

Children from Huntingtower Primary School experienced a day as an evacuee during wartime, from dressing the part to eating a typical lunch.

The Year 3 and 4 pupils began their day at an unfamiliar train station armed with just a few personal items and gas masks. They were heading for Stibbington Hall in Peterborough.

After walking through countryside to get to their new school, the youngsters were introduced to their new homes. On arriving at school, they ate a typical evacuee’s lunch of spam sandwiches and a piece of spiced cake.

Then before heading outside to play with old toys and hiding in an Anderson Shelter, the ‘evacuees’ filled in identity cards.

Later, during a spelilng lesson, the youngsters heard an air raid siren and raced to the safety of the shelter, a “narrow, dusty corridor with little room to breathe”.

Senior administrator Margaret Lockwood said: “Our trip to Stibbington allowed us to really empathise with the real evacuees and experience a little of their lives.”