Video: Back to the First World War at Bottesford Primary School

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Bottesford Primary School pupils were transported back in time thanks to the Bottesford Parish First World War Centenary Project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

A collaboration between the local heritage group and the school, it saw over 250 pupils enjoy an activities day with volunteers and experts on hand to answer questions.

The Lincolnshire branch of the Western Front Association demonstrate a working model of a WW1 tank to the pupils. Video and photos by Toby Roberts.

The Lincolnshire branch of the Western Front Association demonstrate a working model of a WW1 tank to the pupils. Video and photos by Toby Roberts.

The Leicestershire and Rutland Western Front Association displayed a range of memorabilia, while Ian and Betty Douglas of the Lincolnshire branch brought along a working model of a First World War tank.

The British Red Cross provided period nurses’ uniforms and Belvoir Care and Fox Medics demonstrated battle field first aid. Staff and pupils enjoyed dressing up, and even their school lunch was based on wartime recipes.

Memories of the day are to be incorporated into a commemorative textile banner. Project co-ordinator David Middleton said: “We had a brilliant day. The sun shone and everyone joined in the activities with enthusiasm and enjoyment. It was a real community effort with over 40 volunteers from the school, the community and beyond helping over 250 pupils to understand the impact of the First World War on the life of those who served.

“The feedback from the children said it all - ‘Thank you it was AMAZING’, ‘The best day ever!’, ‘My favourite theme day while I have been at primary school’, and ‘It made me realise they should never be forgotten.’”

Katie Hateley, Joyce Slater and Val Lever.

Katie Hateley, Joyce Slater and Val Lever.

Ian Douglasof the Lincolnshire branch of the Western Front Association answers questions from students Bradley Adlington, Charlie Loxton and Will Kay.

Ian Douglasof the Lincolnshire branch of the Western Front Association answers questions from students Bradley Adlington, Charlie Loxton and Will Kay.

Andy Ball demonstrates some WW1 weapons to pupil Ethan Kemp.

Andy Ball demonstrates some WW1 weapons to pupil Ethan Kemp.

Zack Oxley and Dan Fisher.

Zack Oxley and Dan Fisher.

Pupils at Bottesford Church of England Primary School enjoying their WW1 Activities Day.

Pupils at Bottesford Church of England Primary School enjoying their WW1 Activities Day.

Andy Ball of Leicestershire and Rutland Western Front Association.

Andy Ball of Leicestershire and Rutland Western Front Association.