Almost 90 children from New Bolsover Primary School met Second World War survivors as they took part in a reconstruction evacuation last week.
The children, aged eight to 11, threw themselves into the spirit of the times by arriving at school that day in 1940s period clothes.
Having spent the morning being taught mathematics and English in true 1940s fashion, the students were marched out of school to Bolsover Castle as part of a mock evacuation.
Tears were shed as these latter day evacuees waved goodbye to parents at the school gates with handkerchiefs waving and the refrains of Wish Me Luck As You Wave Me Goodbye.’
The evacuees were met at the English Heritage site by two very important guests, Mrs Kathleen Hudson and Mr Terry Harris – both residents of Inkersall.
The children eagerly asked Mrs Hudson questions about her wartime childhood and Mr Harris recalled his time served in the RAF as a teenage rear gunner in Lancaster bombers.
The children heard about the bomb that hit Mrs Hudson’s garden and were mesmerised by Mr Harris’s recollections and injuries during his fifteen combat missions over enemy territory. The children sang a number of wartime songs and the guests of honour joined in.
Mr Csorba, key stage 2 leader at the school said: “British history has been brought to life with wartime lessons and dressing up.
“Many parents have contributed to learning by sending in medals and wartime artefacts which enriches learning.
“Meeting Kathleen and Terry was the highlight for us, they were inspirational and made a huge impression on our pupils.
“The children will remember the event for the rest of their lives; it was a precious opportunity to say thankyou to a very courageous generation.”