Po­lar trek comes to life in class­room

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News -

EX­ACTLY 100 years af­ter Sir Ernest Shack­le­ton’s orig­i­nal Nim­rod ex­pe­di­tion to the South Pole, a group of ex­plor­ers that in­cludes de­scen­dants from the orig­i­nal crew will leave Bri­tain on Oc­to­ber 29, to re­trace their an­ces­tors’ foot­steps. And pupils at Spring Grove School in Wye will re­ceive an in­sight into the ex­pe­di­tion when its leader gives them a talk. It’s ap­pro­pri­ate that Lt Col Henry Wors­ley will be the vis­i­tor as his niece and nephew, An­gus and Imo­gen Stainton are pupils at the school. Lt Col Wors­ley will lead the team on the epic 900-mile trek across the ice in a bid to reach the goal that eluded Shack­le­ton’s team, who faced with dwin­dling ra­tions, turned back just 97 miles from the South Pole. A fur­ther con­nec­tion with Shack­le­ton’s po­lar ex­plo­rations and Spring Grove is that an­other pupil is also re­lated to a for­mer mem­ber of the great ex­plorer’s later visit to the Antarc­tic. William Stephen­son, the step-great­great-grand­fa­ther of Do­minic Richardson, 11, was a mem­ber of the En­durance crew in 1915. The youngsters have been learn­ing about Shack­le­ton’s jour­neys in prepa­ra­tion for Lt Col Wors­ley’s visit.

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