Youngsters sample life in the war

Group on Pickering station
Group on Pickering station

staff and pupils from Goathland Primary School dressed as evacuees as they travelled back in time to 1939.

The youngsters rode to Pickering on North York Moors Railway steam train.

Once in Pickering, to help them understand what it may have felt like for wartime children, they went to the Beck Isle Museum, where they enacted the nerve-wracking scenario of being taken in as an evacuee.

Students Isabel Belchamber and Maia Hall said: “It was really weird knocking on someone’s door and asking to be taken in.”

Activites in the museum about rationing and ‘digging for victory’ enhanced the experience, along with a harrowing first-hand account of being evacuated by volunteer Arthur King.

The day ended on a relatively sweeter note, with a visit to a local shop where the pupils were able to purchase a wartime week’s sweet ration of 2oz or 50 grams.