Barking and Dagenham pupils re-enact World War II evacuation

Pupils and staff from St Joseph's school at Dagenham Heathway Station about to board a tube train

Pupils and staff from St Joseph's school at Dagenham Heathway Station about to board a tube train - Credit: Archant

More than 100 children re-enacted the second wave of World War II evacuations that took place in the borough in the summer of 1940.

St Joseph's school ready to leave for their 'evacuation' to Ongar in Essex

St Joseph's school ready to leave for their 'evacuation' to Ongar in Essex - Credit: Archant

Pupils from St Joseph’s Catholic Primary in Dagenham, Manor Junior School and St Margaret’s Church of England School, Barking took a trip on the tube, a heritage bus and finally the historic Epping Ongar Railway, as part of the special day on Friday

When they arrived in Ongar in Essex, the youngsters, dressed in World War II outfits, enjoyed a picnic with children from an Ongar Primary school and sang wartime songs.

The school children were accompanied by an army of volunteers from the borough, many of whom had been evacuated themselves during the war.

The day formed part of the Department for Education funded Heritage Schools Programme.


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