Bomb shel­ters in­spire kids

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

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

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