Students take a trip back in time

King Edward VI School students Richard Russell, Freddie Bowles, Ellen Tiffin, Robert Walker, Calvin Willis, Jessica Bracegirdle and Edward Hantman during the visit to Blyth Battery.
King Edward VI School students Richard Russell, Freddie Bowles, Ellen Tiffin, Robert Walker, Calvin Willis, Jessica Bracegirdle and Edward Hantman during the visit to Blyth Battery.
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STUDENTS at Morpeth’s King Edward VI School were given an insight into how a Northumberland port was protected during wartime.

A trip to Blyth Battery, a former coastal defence artillery battery which has been turned into a military and local heritage museum, was arranged as part of the school’s theme for the recent National Science and Engineering Week — Communication in the 1940s.

The facility was built in 1916 to defend the port of Blyth and the submarine base there during the First World War.

It was upgraded for re-use during the Second World War.

KEVI’s Head of Student Voice, Leadership & Enrichment Victoria Najafi, said: “Our students enjoyed looking at a range of exhibits donated by local residents, using semaphore to try to communicate messages by using flags as was done during the war, visiting former World War observation posts and marching on the beach 1940s style.

“Many thanks to Lindsay Durward for a fantastic tour.”