Young ‘evac­uees’ to re­live wartime his­tory

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - by Ella Copeland

EIGH­TEEN hun­dred young­sters are to be ‘evac­u­ated’ by the Kent and East Sus­sex Rail­way in Ten­ter­den next week to give them an idea of what it was like for child evac­uees dur­ing the Sec­ond World War.

Pri­mary school chil­dren from across Kent will travel in groups on a steam train from Ten­ter­den sta­tion to Nor­thiam and back from next Mon­day to Wed­nes­day, sim­u­lat­ing the jour­ney that evac­uees would have made dur­ing the war.

Evac­uees from the Med­way Evac­uee As­so­ci­a­tion will share their ex­pe­ri­ence with the chil­dren, and re-en­ac­tors in pe­riod cos­tume will add to the at­mos­phere, in an ex­pe­ri­ence de­signed to help the chil­dren with their his­tory stud­ies.

Many of the chil­dren will make the jour­ney in pe­riod dress, with gas mask boxes they have con­structed in class and each child will be given a replica iden­tity card which has been pro­duced with the help of The Na­tional Archives in Kew.

The event is be­ing or­gan­ised by the rail­way and the South East Grid for Learn­ing and aims to teach the pupils why chil­dren were evac­u­ated dur­ing the war and what it was like to be an evac­uee.

The event ties in with the rail­way’s 1940s week­end be­ing held this Satur­day and Sun­day.

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