Images of wartime from the children who suffered

Brian Devlin, at the exhibition he is putting on in St Annes
Brian Devlin, at the exhibition he is putting on in St Annes
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When you pop to the cinema it is, unless you’ve made a grave mistake, usually to see a film.

But for the next couple of weeks, as George Gershwin might put it, it ain’t necessarily so.

The Island Cinema in St Annes is playing host to an exhibition featuring art work from children who were imprisoned in concentration camps during the Second World War.

It has been put together by a Scottish chap called Brian Devlin, who has loaned the prints from the Jewish Museum in Prague.

The exhibition is touring the UK, finishing in London later in the year, but is beginning in St Annes.

“I am testing the water here, if you will, and seeing how it is received,” said Brian.

“The idea eventually is to develop a children’s war museum, but I wanted to take it around the country first.”

It will be displayed in the foyer area at the St Annes cinema from today until Saturday April 19.

Asked why he had chosen St Annes as the place to premiere his exhibition, Devlin, from the Scottish borders, said: “I’ve always been fond of Blackpool, and the surrounding towns around the Fylde, and I know it is a region with a keen interest in heritage.

“I also felt the Fylde would be the ideal place to develop the museum because of its strong tourism industry.

“So I got in touch with some local venues and The Island cinema were particularly keen to get involved with what I am doing.

“As well as artwork, the exhibition is also going to feature a film of a transport survivor, a young Jewish boy that came to Britain from Vienna.

“The whole thing is really educational and interesting and I hope people, both adults and children, will come see it, especially as it is on during the Easter holidays when a lot of children will be off school.”

The exhibition features the work of children who were forced to go to Terezin, a concentration camp where Jewish families were sent from across Czechoslovakia during the war.

Admission to the exhibition is free, though donations are accepted to cover costs.