Year Six pupils at St Paul's CE Primary School had been learning
about the Second World War and staged a wartime concert, complete
with ration food for refreshments, to share with their family,
friends and residents from the ExtraCare retirement village.
Ten residents went on a minibus to the nearby primary school and
listened to the children singing wartime songs, talking about what
they'd learnt, showing a dance and even playing music on
Village Activity Facilitator Lynn Mulderrig said she thought the
afternoon was a great idea. "I think it's really important to work
with kids. It benefits us and them - a lot of children love
spending time with older people, and our residents really enjoy
being with the kids. It's great."
The event also got residents talking about their own experiences
during the war, ranging all the way from being a child living at
home with evacuees through to Marjorie, who was a mechanic on the
Madeleine Went remembered having an evacuee living with her
family. "He stayed with us for the whole time, it was like having a
brother. I was only twelve and we were quite close. A lot of people
in Hereford had evacuees living with them because it was much
safer, even though a lot of war work was done here."
She added that the children's performances had made her feel
quite emotional. "It really brought a lump to my throat hearing the
songs that we used to sing."
Picture: Lynn and resident Frank pose with Year Six
teacher Robert Hollis, who was all dressed up for the day.
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