Pupils get reel view of the war

Standard bearers with Connor Smithen from Revoe Primary, Konrad Rusek from St Cuthbert's Primary, Cally Bywater from Marton Primary and Renne Burgess from Christ the King Primary.

Standard bearers with Connor Smithen from Revoe Primary, Konrad Rusek from St Cuthbert's Primary, Cally Bywater from Marton Primary and Renne Burgess from Christ the King Primary.

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SCHOOL children took a step back into the past to learn about war-time experiences.

Youngsters from Blackpool schools were treated to mornings out of the classroom throughout last week as part of the Armed Forces and Veterans Week event, Going To the Flicks.

The Odeon Cinema on Rigby Road, Blackpool, screened films featuring life during the Second World War to help children understand what their ancestors experienced.

Samantha Sinclair, cinema manager, said: “The children really enjoy it.

“It’s good for them to learn about life during the war when they’re young so they understand.

“They watched the film and got to ask some soldiers questions which was really useful for them. They also sang the National Anthem.

“We are pleased to be part of Armed Forces Week and enjoy having the children here.”

Pupils from Christ the King, Revoe, St Cuthbert’s, and Marton Primary Schools were among those who were given the chance to take part in the cinema trip.

They were greeted by local standard bearers, the Mayor of Blackpool, Coun Sylvia Taylor, and soldiers who handed out Union Jack flags.

The event was part of Blackpool’s week-long celebrations to recognise the work by servicemen and veterans.

Daniel Smith, Year 6 teacher from Marton Primary School, said: “The children really enjoyed it. The video clips and film about life in the 1930s and 1940s were great.

“One of the main things was being able to ask the armed service personnel and veterans questions about their first hand experiences.”

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