Firside Junior School children get Horsham St Faith memorial back to its best

Children from Firside School restoring the RAF Horsham St Faith war memorial next to the Norwich Airport terminal.
Photo by Simon Finlay. Children from Firside School restoring the RAF Horsham St Faith war memorial next to the Norwich Airport terminal. Photo by Simon Finlay.

Sam Russell samuel.russell@archant.co.uk
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
5:20 PM

Dedicated youngsters beam with pride beside the United States Air Force memorial they lovingly restored on Independence Day.

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Children from Firside School and memorial designer Mike Bailey restoring the RAF Horsham St Faith war memorial next to the Norwich Airport terminal.
Photo by Simon Finlay.Children from Firside School and memorial designer Mike Bailey restoring the RAF Horsham St Faith war memorial next to the Norwich Airport terminal. Photo by Simon Finlay.

Children from Firside Junior School, in Norwich, decided to tidy up the Horsham St Faith memorial after learning about the Second World War in classes.

Annie Sommazzi, of The Eighth in the East military community group, went to the school to show the year six pupils cartoon art from American bomber planes.

And youngsters learned about differences between America and rural Norfolk, where airmen were living during the conflict.

The monument, which stands near the entrance of Norwich International Airport, honours the sacrifice of those based at RAF Horsham St Faith during the Second World War.

Members of the 8th US Army Air Force and the RAF had used the airfield during the conflict, including those from the 319th and 458th Bombardment Group and the 56th Fighter Group of the 8th USAAF.

A group of 25 children from Firside, aged 10 and 11, spent last Thursday and Friday working to make the monument look its best.

Stephen Keer, year six teacher at the school, in Middletons Lane, said: “It went really well.

“We cleaned it all up, restored some of the paintwork and replanted the site.

“There was a bench that we cleaned up and varnished.

“We were studying the Second World War and before we went to the site they did two-and-a-half days of lessons on the American air force.”

He added it was all hands on 
deck, and pupils took pride in their efforts.

The Eighth in the East is a three-year Heritage Lottery Fund programme of education, 
community archaeology, museum development and oral history.

The Heritage Lottery Fund uses cash raised through the National Lottery and aims to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities and help build a resilient heritage economy.

• For details, see www.8theast.org. Alternatively email info@8theast.org or call 01986 873516.

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