MUMS waving off their evacuees shed real tears as they were reminded of the dark days of the 1940s.
Of course they were not real evacuees this time around but students from Thornton College who were taking part in a special day out at the Imperial War Museum at Duxford before spending the night at school.
All 20 of the girls, who are in Year 3, wore period costumes that were topped off with realistic evacuee labels. The girls also had home made gas masks and their lunch – jam or spam sandwiches – wrapped in greaseproof paper.
Teacher Julie Mayson said: “At Thornton College we believe in a creative curriculum and can get immersed in a subject because it brings it to life.”
During their time at Duxford the girls talked to an air raid precaution warden, made a toy Spitfire and then saw the real thing start its engine.
Back at Thornton the girls enjoyed more bread and jam for tea, before having a sing-song and exchanging their ration books for a wartime dinner.
They then watched 1942 classic Bambi before bedding down in the gym, but they were soon awoken by an air raid siren which forced them into a makeshift shelter.
Before they ‘returned’ to 2011 they had the chance to cook vegetables they grew on the school’s Dig for Victory plot.
Julie said: “The girls really got into character, even looking glum for the camera before the party headed for Duxford.”