Memories of wartime days

Pupils from Morpeth's Abbeyfields First School are seen with residents Audrey and Bob Ogle as part of a Reminiscence Afternoon at St Christopher's House at Abbey Meadows, Morpeth.
Pupils from Morpeth's Abbeyfields First School are seen with residents Audrey and Bob Ogle as part of a Reminiscence Afternoon at St Christopher's House at Abbey Meadows, Morpeth.

WARTIME Morpeth was brought to life for first school pupils as they enjoyed a special reminiscence afternoon.

Tenants and staff at Anchor’s St Christopher’s House in Abbey Meadows enjoy monthly sessions to recall bygone days and share their experiences of past events.

But last month their event took a new turn as pupils from the nearby Abbeyfields First School were invited to join the party.

The children donned 1940s costumes, carried gas masks, sang songs and shared with the tenants what they had been learning in class about the Second World War, while the residents talked about their own memories of the experience.

Tenant Eleanor Smith, 73, said: “It’s been a really good do, just like everything else that happens at St Christopher’s House.

“I like reminiscence events — we have great fun getting together and sharing our memories and we have a different theme each month.

“Having the children here has been really special. It was lovely to see them all dressed up and it was interesting chatting to them. I hope they enjoyed it as much as I did and it helped to bring the war to life for them.”

St Christopher’s House Manager Eileen Watson said: “Tenants really enjoy the reminiscence afternoons we hold monthly and this one was made really special with the children joining us and dressing up added to the atmosphere.

“We would like to thank the school staff and children for their hard work and look forward to holding further afternoons in the future.”