Bomb shelters inspire kids
CHILDREN from St Alban’s Primary School were inspired to build their own air-raid shelters after an educational visit.
It followed a visit to Stockport Air Raid Shelters, which opened in 1996 as a visitor attraction.
The original shelters from 1939 were the largest purpose-built civilian air raid shelters in the country.
Originally designed to provide shelter for up to 3,850 people, they were extended to accommodate as many as 6,500. The labyrinth of tunnels under part of Stockport town centre provided shelter, and a way of life for families through the dark days of the Blitz.
Aislinn Barlow, one of the pupils involved in the project, said: “Our Year six teachers set us a challenge to make either an Anderson, Morrison, public or underground air raid shelter model. We spent ages making them at home, doing further research, thinking of ideas and trying to make them as realistic as we could.”
Niamh Fowler, who was also involved in the project, added: “We all had great fun and were excited by the challenge of winning the competition. Although we had six winners, three from each Year Six class, all of them were absolutely outstanding. It was a great opportunity to show our creativity and put into action what we had been learning in our history lessons. The winners were: Maddy Wood, Vasee Vasantharajan, Jahra Galvez, Joseph Dunn, Mani Gregson and Jemma Cryer.
●● Pupils with their air shelters