Artis­tic pupils hon­our the RAF with draw­ings

Chil­dren’s mu­ral marks Bat­tle of Bri­tain

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Steve Bax steve.bax@trin­i­tymir­

UXBRIDGE pupils have com­mem­o­rated 75 years since the Bat­tle of Bri­tain by cre­at­ing a mu­ral on dis­play at St An­drew’s Park.

The chil­dren, aged four to eight, have cre­ated draw­ings de­pict­ing RAF planes used to win the piv­otal Sec­ond World War cam­paign in the sum­mer and au­tumn of 1940 and the medals sub­se­quently awarded to mem­bers of the RAF for their brav­ery.

These are be­ing dis­played as a mu­ral at the en­trance to the for­mer RAF base that houses the Grade 1 Listed Bat­tle of Bri­tain Bunker and se­cret oper­a­tions room.

It was here that Prime Min­is­ter Win­ston Churchill ut­tered his fa­mous dec­la­ra­tion: “Never in the field of hu­man con­flict was so much owed by so many to so few.”

The for­mer base, now re­named St An­drews Park, is be­ing re­de­vel­oped by VINCI St Mod­wen to pro­vide around 1,300 homes and a public park, as well as of­fices, shops and a ho­tel.

Tim Sed­don, St Mod­wen’s re­gional di­rec­tor for Lon­don and the south-east, said: “This is a hugely im­por­tant pro­ject on many lev­els and it has been re­ward­ing to get lo­cal chil­dren on board.

“We are de­liv­er­ing a huge num­ber of homes in a new com­mu­nity and very much want to build on the site’s her­itage, re­spect­ing the old while wel­com­ing the new.”

Four and five year-olds from John Locke Academy, in Bader Way, de­signed the medals on the hoard­ings, while the planes were drawn by chil­dren aged seven and eight from Rye­field Pri­mary School in Rye­field Av­enue, Hilling­don.

As­sis­tant prin­ci­pal of John Locke Academy, He­len Squires said: “The chil­dren were fas­ci­nated learn­ing all about the history of the Bat­tle of Bri­tain.

“They col­lab­o­rated ex­cep­tion­ally well on the medals and took great care in mak­ing them look ‘ex­tra spe­cial’ be­cause they felt this would be a good way to say thank you to the men who were re­ally brave and fought for their coun­try.

“We are re­ally proud of them and feel priv­i­leged that we can be a part of this piece of lo­cal history.”

The posters dis­play­ing the art­work are ex­pected to be seen by thou­sands of mo­torists and public trans­port users ev­ery­day as they pass along Hilling­don Road and past the 110-acre de­vel­op­ment, which be­gan in 2013 and is ex­pected to take seven years to com­plete.

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