Sunderland Echo - - Front page - By Chris Cord­ner chris.cord­ner@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @CCord­nerjp

Sun­der­land young­sters came to at­ten­tion to re­mem­ber the role a Wear­side land­mark played in the First World War.

Dozens of chil­dren took part in a fas­ci­nat­ing his­tory day in com­mem­o­ra­tion of the role Hyl­ton Cas­tle played as both a train­ing ground and con­va­les­cent cen­tre for mem­bers of the Sher­wood Foresters as well as the Durham Light In­fantry. Dur­ing a day of re-en­act­ment held yesterday, at the nearby Hyl­ton Cas­tle Mis­sion as the cas­tle it­self is un­der con­struc­tion, pupils ex­plored the lives of lo­cal men and women dur­ing the con­flict as well as the im­pact the war had on the lo­cal pop­u­la­tion and the na­tion. They used arte­facts and worked with liv­ing his­tory groups to try out all sorts of nos­tal­gic rou­tines such as boot pol­ish­ing, drill train­ing and even ban­dag­ing wounds in a spe­cial ca­su­alty sta­tion. Young­sters also found out how sol­diers en­ter­tained them­selves in the trenches. And in a poignant re­minder of the war, the chil­dren lis­tened to the sounds which would have been en­dured by sol­diers in the trenches.

They found out what ef­fect th­ese sounds and sights had on Sun­der­land artist Vic­tor No­ble Rain­bird who served dur­ing the con­flict.

Vol­un­teers from the North East Land Sea and Air Mu­seum were on hand with their replica 1916 mono­plane.

Chil­dren got to ex­plore a field kitchen to dis­cover the types of food sol­diers had to eat.

And to add to the nos­tal­gia even more, staff and stu­dents from Sun­der­land Univer­sity’s Depart­ment of Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Science brought along a First World War pill mak­ing ma­chine as well as a va­ri­ety of po­tion bot­tles and ‘kill or cure’ reme­dies.

Pas­tor Keith Cook of Hyl­ton Cas­tle Mis­sion said: “It’s an hon­our to host this event for Hyl­ton Cas­tle. We are de­lighted to be able to wel­come young peo­ple from the lo­cal com­mu­nity and fur­ther afield to come and learn about the spe­cial role played by the cas­tle one hun­dred years ago and to com­mem­o­rate all those who served in the First World War”.

As well as schoolchil­dren, lo­cal fam­i­lies got to en­joy the re-en­act­ment, and to add to the col­lec­tive poppy clippy mat cre­ation and meet with cos­tumed in­ter­preters.

The Hyl­ton Cas­tle Project is a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Cas­tle in the Com­mu­nity and Sun­der­land City Coun­cil; funded by the Her­itage Lottery Fund and Sun­der­land City Coun­cil. Its aim is to re­store the cas­tle and its grounds to heart of com­mu­nity life as a vis­i­tor and learn­ing cen­tre.

Find­ing out more about the ex­pe­ri­ences of First World War sol­diers

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