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King’s Lynn children go back in time

Greyfriars School WW1 Day, with guests from the RBL Womens Section Gaywood, along with organiser Helen Winnington (back right).
RBL Standard Bearer is Sharon Smith (front right) ANL-140721-162349009

Greyfriars School WW1 Day, with guests from the RBL Womens Section Gaywood, along with organiser Helen Winnington (back right). RBL Standard Bearer is Sharon Smith (front right) ANL-140721-162349009

Pupils at Lynn’s Greyfriars Primary School went back in time on Monday, to learn more about the First World War.

They were joined by members of the women’s section of Gaywood Royal British Legion branch who joined in the activities – including songs that were popular during the conflict.

The children were given the opportunity to go into school dressed up as personnel in the army, navy, air force, land girls, nurses, doctors and the walking wounded.

During the day of activities to learn about the First World War and to remember those who lost their lives, the representatives from the RBL visited Mrs Goodes’ and Miss Helen Winnington’s classes, where they have shared stories and had a sing-a-long of wartime songs with the children.

In the afternoon the whole school took part in an assembly sharing what they had done during the day and commemorating the day with an Act of Remembrance.

Children had also taken in 2p pieces which were laid out in the shape of a number two.

The money collected will be going to The Royal British Legion Women’s Section.

Miss Winnington, the history co-ordinator, said: “The children have thoroughly enjoyed spending the day dressed up and learning more about World War One through remembering the centenary.”

A Year One pupil, Emily Crawley, added: “I have enjoyed singing songs to the ladies from the Royal British Legion.”

Nine RBL ladies attended the event – Standard Bearer Sharon Smith, branch chairmanKath Turley, vice-chair Naureen Suckling, secretary Viv Storrs, Eileen Smales, Faye Easey, Barbara Hooks, Sylvia Clements, and Linda Hoare.

Viv Storrs said: “We had a lovely day with the children, and I think they enjoyed it too. They made a wonderful job of laying their 2p pieces. We were most impressed with the organisation of the day by the staff, we enjoyed the children’s singing, and the short service to end the day was just right.

“We raised almost £100 at the school, which (I think!) is somewhere in the region of 130 yards. The final total overall will be a little higher as I understand there are more donations to come from other sources, but I think the school can feel very proud of themselves.”

 
 
 

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