Children at Dorset House School in Bury stepped back in time to World War Two - dressed as evacuees, complete with gas mask box, suitcase and label.
They took the train from Pulborough to Amberley and were waved off by their parents who also dressed in period costume. They walked along the river bank from Amberley to spend the night at Bury Manor. A postcard was written home to reassure anxious parents and was followed with a ‘rationed’ meal. The evening was spent playing games and enjoying a wartime sing-along with Fr David Twinley (our vicar).
The children stayed at the school and have continued in the role of evacuees all week with a visit from the Rainbow Theatre and a series of wartime activities, including cooking, knitting and ‘make-do-and –mend’. The kitchen staff have entered into the spirit by cooking Wartime lunches each day – including Spam fritters.
Bury Manor is at the heart of Dorset House School in Bury and houses our dormitories and dining room. The children were greeted by our boarding parents, Mr and Mrs Marconi who posed as Lord and Lady Marconi for the event.
Report and pictures contributed by Dorset House School.