Rescue of Grantham school’s ‘evacuees’ with nowhere to go

Mayor Ian Selby spoke to groups of the National School pupils at the Mayor's Parlour.

Mayor Ian Selby spoke to groups of the National School pupils at the Mayor's Parlour.

Guildhall staff, the Mayor and town businesses came to the rescue of 90 children dressed in wartime clothes when their school trip to Duxford Imperial War Museum was halted.

The National School’s year 6 pupils were initially left with no where to go after there was no sign of their coach to Duxford, but soon everyone was rallying round to ensure they still had an exciting day out.

Teaching assistant Julie Dowsett contacted the Guildhall, which despite being closed for painting and redecorating opened its doors for the pupils.

Guildhall Museum manager Tracey Smith said: “I felt sorry for them, so we arranged for them to come here.”

Moreover Grantham’s Mayor Ian Selby heard about the school’s predicament and went to fetch his regalia so that the pupils could also learn about his role’s history, with groups taking it in turns to visit the museum, Mayor’s parlour and the Guildhall theatre and prison.

Mayor Selby said: “It was a pleasure to help out and host the children in the Mayor’s Parlour, and to give the children a talk about the wonderful historic role of the Mayor of Grantham.”

However this wasn’t the end of the children’s revised trip, as a call to nearby businesses was all it took for the school to be provided with materials with which to build wartime shelters.

Head of year 6 Jayne Watson said: “Scott from Macfarlanes and Alison from Wickes both also helped make our day special with supplies to build Anderson shelters.”

If all this last-minute kindness wasn’t enough, the day concluded with a discounted visit to the cinema, and Jayne added: “It was lovely to see so many locals willing to step in and support the children.”




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