History in action at wartime event


Children will experience life as a wartime evacuee as part of this year’s Wicksteed At War family military history show.

Youngsters can learn about those taken away from their families to protect them for German bombing raids during World War Two.

An evacuee train is running on the park’s railway to recreate what it was like to be taken to stay with a new family, with actors in period costume helping to re-create history by playing the role of those who looked after the children who arrived in Kettering from London.

Youngsters will also be given an evacuee train ticket and a small string-tied box to show how few possessions children were allowed to take with them.

It is part of a Wicksteed At War education day tomorrow (Friday) designed for children aged seven-13.

Evacuated children from London were sent to Wicksteed Park before they were re-homed and the park has launched an appeal to trace evacuees with memories of the park.

They include children from the former St Dominic’s School in Camden. The junior and senior students were evacuated to Cornwall, the infants were evacuated to Kettering.

Education day activities will also include learning survival skills with an SAS soldier, a World War One field hospital, grenade throwing, a parade ground, a solider assault course, a weapons table.

There will also military vehicles, including tanks, on display, re-enactors recreating wartime life, the chance to meet an air raid warden and model boat sailing.

The main Wicksteed At War event www.wicksteedatwar.co.uk will be held on Saturday June 13 and Sunday June 14. The free family event combines military vehicle displays and re-enactor groups, with a record number of tanks on show this year.