‘Evac­uees’ en­joy train jour­ney into our wartime past

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

EIGH­TEEN hun­dred chil­dren from across Kent have ex­pe­ri­enced what it would have been like to be a Sec­ond World War evac­uee.

The Kent and East Sus­sex Rail­way in Ten­ter­den laid on the wartime trips for pri­mary pupils over three days last week.

The young­sters trav­elled in groups on a steam train from Ten­ter­den sta­tion to Nor­thiam and back to sim­u­late the jour­ney that evac­uees made from built-up ar­eas to es­cape the threat of Ger­man bomb­ing raids.

Evac­uees from the Med­way Evac­uee As­so­ci­a­tion shared their ex­pe­ri­ences with the chil­dren and re-en­ac­tors in pe­riod cos­tume added to the at­mos­phere, in an event de­signed to help the chil­dren with their his­tory stud­ies.

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

The event was 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.

Pupils from Salt­wood school get ready to board the train

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