‘Evacuees’ enjoy train journey into our wartime past
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