A THEATRE project which will teach pupils about an East Staffordshire soldier who died in the First World War has been awarded thousands of pounds of funding.
The Heritage Lottery Fund has granted £9,300 to the Goodnight George project, run by freelance producers Alix Jones and Manya Beneson.
The project will involve pupils at the Richard Wakefield Primary School, Tutbury, and Horninglow Primary School researching letters Tutbury soldier George Fearn wrote to his family during the war.
The pupils will also visit the Staffordshire Regiment Museum, Burton’s National Brewery Centre and take part in workshops for a performance at the Brewhouse Arts Centre, off Union Street, on March 20, 2014.
Mrs Jones told the Mail: “We are all over the moon. We were ecstatic when we got the phone call so it’s all systems go now.”
Mrs Jones added that workshops, which will last for six weeks, will be rolled out in schools from February 2014.
George was called up to fight and was killed in action on May 24, 1917 near Loos, France.