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Living history project comes to Haven High

D-Day veterans reading newspapers from June 1944 An ex-soldier explains the working of a Bren Gun Teachers and special guests at the Haven High event
Frank Thompson, from the Boston War Memorial Plaque Committee, shown here far left, came back to the school on the third day to sit through our lesson with the children. Afterwards, he kindly offered us a number of items to add to our collection. He told us how fantastic he thought this project is and how important it is to continue teaching children about the war.
Pupils getting hands-on with genuine WWII items The Mayor enjoying the event
Ex-soldier Peter Morris rolls back the years to show me and visitor Mel Ware how to strip down a Bren gun.
Students get the opportunity to dress up and handle authentic wartime artefacts.
Some of these veterans actually fought on the beaches on D-Day. During the event, they were looking through some of our original newspapers dated between 7th June - 10th June 1944, the days immediately following D-Day, and found articles reporting on the actual events they had personally taken part in.
With the veterans, and Paul & Linda from We’ll Meet Again, are the teachers who helped make this event such a success - Matthew Lunt, Ann Dorian and Andrew Knight.
Veterans enjoying the Haven High event
These picture have been kindly donated by the photographer, Paul Cato. He thanked us for the opportunity to cover this event, saying that he had never been so interested in a Target shoot before. He mentioned that, due to how long he had stayed at the event and how many pictures he had taken, his camera batteries had run out - something that had never happened before!
Paul’s website can be found at www.paulcatophotography.co.uk.
Please note that all these pictures are copyrighted to Paul Cato and cannot be reproduced in any way without his express permission.
Click here to see the pictures taken by Haven High staff during our three-day event, in our picture gallery.
Picture Gallery from the Haven High event.
During a three-day teaching event at Haven High Technology College, Boston, we were very proud to present our WWII exhibition to the Mary Wright, Mayor of Boston, Diana Walker, a representative of the War Widows Association and members of the Royal British Legion, including the Boston president, Sir John Butcher. These special guests were invited along to the school by the Executive Headteacher Adrian Reed.

Some of the year 11 GCSE History students and select members of the public were also invited.

The old soldiers were re-introduced to many original items, including weapons and equipment, that they used during the war.