Wartime Britain was recreated at a Bridlington primary school last week as pupils learnt about the significance of Remembrance Day.
With walls decked in wartime posters and 1940s songs filling the air, Bay Primary School stepped back in time as part of a nationwide event called 11 Million Takeover Day.
Organisers PCSOs Liz Smith and Gerald Quinn, decided it would be fitting for takeover day to be poppy themed this year as the whole community got together to make Friday’s Armistice Day unforgettable.
Guests of honour on the day were a number of war veterans, on hand to share stories about the nation in wartime.
PCSO Liz Smith said: “The veterans were bowled over by the amount of questions and interest from the children.
“Pupils were eager to find out what life was like in the 1940s and the veterans are very proud to have served their country.”
Children and staff all dressed up as evacuees, sailors and soldiers for the event.
A Churchill speech greeted children as they arrived at school and a rations system to claim their lunches was explained.
A huge variety of activities ensured there was plenty to do.
An authentic Anderson Shelter was erected and army vehicles from the 1940s made for interesting attractions. A spitfire engineer, members of St Johns Ambulance, the Police, and Coastguards were all present to talk to pupils.
If all that was not enough, fantastic wartime musical performances by the Bridlington Classic Pop Singers and The Children of the Mist Pipe Band put the icing on the cake.
An actual iced cake and corned beef hash, a wartime standby, were donated by the Spa for the event and sandwiches and cakes were kindly provided by East Riding College free of charge.
PCSO Smith said: “I would like to thank everyone for their hard work to make the day a success.
“I think it has really hammered home what the poppy means and what Remembrance Day is all about.”
11 Million Takeover day, set up by the Childrens Commissioner Maggie Atkinson, is a national event which aims to get children working side to side with adults.
Chad Chadwick, vice-chairman of East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Bridlington South councillor, said: “It is the type of event that the children at the school will remember for the next 50 years, and hopefully they will be able to see how bad things were and pass the knowledge on.
“It did give an impression as to how things were in the war and they will always remember that.”