Hartlepool pupils step back in time for VE Day anniversary

STREETS AHEAD: VE Day celebrations at English Martyrs School in Hartlepool.
STREETS AHEAD: VE Day celebrations at English Martyrs School in Hartlepool.
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SCHOOL pupils stepped back in time when they celebrated the 70th anniversary of VE Day.

Students at English Martyrs School in Hartlepool enjoyed in a street party like those carried out across the country in 1945 to celebrate the end of the war.

STREETS AHEAD: VE Day celebrations at English Martyrs School in Hartlepool.

STREETS AHEAD: VE Day celebrations at English Martyrs School in Hartlepool.

Sarah Dickinson, from the school, said: “They helped to decorate the dining area and history department so that students could get a sense of what it would have been like in 1945 when the Second World War ended.

“I feel it’s really important to immerse students to help them to understand the context of the time.

“All Year 7, 8 and 9 students have been learning about VE Day in history lessons 
all week and have loved learning more about the end of the war.

“This will be followed up in lessons with looking at a more local focus exploring VE Day in our area, the return of local troops and how the end of the war would have been celebrated in Hartlepool.

I feel it’s really important to immerse students to help them to understand the context of the time.

Sarah Dickinson, English Martyrs School

“A number of students, keen historians, volunteered to dress up for the day to take part in the festivities.

“This was also supported by some of our fantastic staff who dressed up as land girls, soldiers, evacuees, war women and even Winston Churchill made a cameo appearance when our head donned is distinctive hat and waistcoat to join in with the celebration.”

Four hours of events were held in the town centre as Hartlepool got right behind the wave of national euphoria.

Hartlepool got into the spirit with events including a screening of a 50-minute Pathe News film of the 1945 VE Day celebrations, followed by live music and dancing.

STREETS AHEAD: VE Day celebrations at English Martyrs School in Hartlepool.

STREETS AHEAD: VE Day celebrations at English Martyrs School in Hartlepool.

It was followed by more events at the war memorial in Victory Square where a civic ceremony took place including a bugle fanfare.

It also included a military and civilian wreath-laying, a tribute read by a Second World War veteran and the lighting of a commemorative beacon.

Activities were also held at a string of schools and care homes in Hartlepool and East Durham.