A red, white and blue day to remember

Primary schoolchildren turned their studies red, white and blue as they learned about 100 years of women in the military and the end of the First World War.

Students at Carnagill Primary School in North Yorkshire.

And their efforts were recorded for posterity as the Army Benevolent Fund (ABF) had chosen Carnagill Community Primary School to represent all the schools in Catterick Garrison in a short film, directed by Awol TV, to be broadcast on its website to commemorate the First World War armistice a century ago next year.

Children went to school in red, white and blue and in the morning learning about the role of women in the military over the past 100 years. Then classes visited a First World War re-enactor, Richie Parsons, in the main hall to take them through the recruiting processes of the day, and finally the school took part in a tea party to commemorate the end of the war.

Headteacher Elaine Young said: "We took part in the filming of the 2017 Red, White and Blue Day. This charity set up by the Army Benevolent Fund supports all three armed services. Across school, the children have been learning about the role of women in the armed forces over the past 100 years and life during the First World War.

"Activities included building a bunker with sandbags, planting crops, working in a field hospital and a munitions factory. Our older children were treated to a re-enactment by Richie Parsons, who played the role of a recruiting officer in the First World War. The children were given the opportunity to join in, wear the uniform and take a pledge of allegiance to King George V. The day culminated with a street party celebrating the end of the war.

"Not only were we delighted to support this charity, our children have learned a great deal about life in the past. We look forward to supporting this charity in the future".

All the food and bunting was donated by the ABF and prepared by the North Yorkshire County Council catering service.

This story was published 5 April 2017