School turns clocks back to the 1940s

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PUPILS at a Bridlington school are turning the clock back to the 1940s this Friday as part of a national event called Takeover Day.

Bay Primary is transforming its hall into a bunting-decked tea dance from the Second World War as it plays host to four veterans from the Royal British Legion.

Takeover Day is designed to teach children about decision making and is fittingly Poppy themed to tie in with Remembrance Day.

A fly past by RAF Linton on Ouse will also take place at 10.45am, weather permitting, to mark the special occasion.

The veterans, from past and present conflicts, will help children learn about the role the armed forces play by offering first hand accounts of war.

Children will also listen to members of the Humberside fire and Rescue service and St John’s Ambulance representatives talk about the blitz and the service’s roles in rescuing pilots shot down along the East Yorkshire coastline.

Event organiser, Community Police Officer Liz Smith said: “When I was little my dad used to tell me about the war - I was fascinated and it was all part of keeping alive the memory of those men and women who put their lives on the line for their country.

“It is still happening right now, lest we forget.”

Pupils at the school will be dressed up as refugees, doctors, nurses and service men and women.

Pupils will also help students from East Riding College serve tea and 1940s food to their guests whilst visitors will also be treated to wartime songs.

Jane Heaton from The Royal British Legion, and Alderson House, in Bridlington said: “It’s vitally important that the next generation learn about the sacrifices that our armed forces have made - and are still making today.”

Takeover Day is now in its fifth year and the aim of this year’s event is to break down barriers between generations.

This year is particularly special for the Royal British Legion as they celebrate their 90th anniversary.

The British Legion campaign on a range of issues affecting Service people, are the custodians of Remembrance and run the annual Poppy Appeal.