Cromer youngsters head out into town to search for stories from the First and Second World Wars

Youngsters with their teacher Dan Carter Youngsters with their teacher Dan Carter

Thursday, June 19, 2014
7:45 AM

Youngsters in Cromer took a break from the classroom and went out into the town and onto the pier to hunt for wartime stories.

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Left to right. Alice Digby, 14, Stan Cooper, 14, Jess Butcher, 15, Eve Dawson, 14.Left to right. Alice Digby, 14, Stan Cooper, 14, Jess Butcher, 15, Eve Dawson, 14.

The 14 and 15-year-old history students were searching for personal stories about the First and Second World Wars, hoping to discover something not available in history books.

Cromer Academy assistant head and history teacher Dan Carter said the school was keen to contribute to community activities to do with the First World War centenary.

He said: “We thought it would be good for them to listen to people’s stories rather then get it from the internet or a book. It gives them a different side of history.”

The day began at Cromer’s Merchant’s Place, where the Royal British Legion came to talk to the youngsters about the war.

Then the children headed out into the town, interviewing tourists and shoppers, and singing wartime songs on the pier.

Crowds of people gathered to watch four of the youngsters perform their rendition of Vera Lynn’s 1939 song We’ll Meet Again.

Rowan Adams, 14, said: “I was talking to a man who told me about his father who was a medic in the Second World War, serving in both Germany and France.

“When people tell you about the war you hear about what actually happened and from a different point of view.”

Naomi Court, 14, said: “We met a man who lived in Coventry and the Blitz went over his house and hit the house next door.

“He said after the aircraft came the adults would all rush out so he was able to go and explore.”

The day’s activity fitted in with the students’ modern history course at school, and formed part of the school’s plans to honour the centenary over the next four years.

How are you marking the centenary? Email sabah.meddings@archant.co.uk

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