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Pupils get taste of life in the Great War in project

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 13, 2014

  • 24/09/13 Goodnight George Tutbury The producers Alix Jones and Manya Benenson will manage, deliver and develop a new and sustainable partnership programme. Their expertise and experience as professional theatre practitioners working for regional and natio

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YOUNGSTERS researching the tragic story of an East Staffordshire soldier have been getting a taste of life in the Great War.

Pupils from Tutbury’s Richard Wakefield School and Horninglow Primary school have dressed up in military uniform and visited a replica First World War trench at the Staffordshire Regiment Museum.

The activities are part of the Goodnight George project, in which the children also research letters from Tutbury soldier George Fearn, who died near Loos in May 1917.

Freelance theatre producer Alix Jones, who is leading the project, said: “We have been doing some really exciting work and the children from both schools have really enjoyed the visit to the museum.

“They have also been busy writing letters in the trenches, bringing George’s letters to life, which inspired the children to write their own letters in the role as George Fearn.

“We have explored wartime tunnels, dugouts, peered over the top in no-man’s land, dressed up in uniforms and found out more about the equipment that was used.”

The Year Five pupils visited Burton’s National Brewery Centre, where they found out about life on the home front.

They also enjoyed a seaside trip to Scarborough, where many Bass Brewery workers would have been on holiday on the bank holiday weekend before war broke out.

Mrs Jones said: “The children were also granted special permission to handle some of the artefacts and collections from the National Brewery Centre’s archives, which gave them a great insight into personal lives.”

The project will also include a performance from the pupils and an exhibition at the Brewhouse arts centre, in Union Street, Burton, from 5.30pm on Thursday, March 20.

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