Wish me luck as you wave me goodbye!

Hartshead School children dressed up as evacuees and went on a bus to the Dewsbury museum to see a war exhibition. their parents waved them off. Mrs Bray joins Joseph Barratt, Amelia Barnes, Zak Cavill and Abby Kerr. (d11111143)
Hartshead School children dressed up as evacuees and went on a bus to the Dewsbury museum to see a war exhibition. their parents waved them off. Mrs Bray joins Joseph Barratt, Amelia Barnes, Zak Cavill and Abby Kerr. (d11111143)

A DAY in the life of an evacuee – including waving goodbye to their mums as they were driven off to their ‘new homes’ – was the order of the day for a group of children.

As part of a history project on World War II, year two and three pupils from Hartshead Junior and Infant School spent Armistice Day on Friday at Dewsbury Museum.

They came to school dressed as evacuees and were all waved off by their parents as they set off to the museum.

Teacher Alison Bray said some of them were even in tears! She said: “We asked the parents to wave the children off so they could have the experience of what it would have been like for the evacuees. I had explained it was role play but some of them were a bit upset. They were fine later.

“When we got to the museum they were met by a very ‘stern’ teacher. The boys and girls had to line up separately and they had a hand inspection. They had to write a letter home using an ink pen and blotting paper.

“The air raid siren went off and they went under the tables and sang One Man Went to Mow, to entertain themselves.”