Wartime theme pays dividends

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MORPETH’S high school has been nationally recognised for its efforts to recreate wartime culture in the Town Hall.

After concentrating on a theme of Communication in the 1940s, which included a major public exhibition in the building on Bridge Street, King Edward VI School has been named as a finalist in the Best Secondary Event Category for this year’s National Science and Engineering Awards.

At the Town Hall event, students brought along items, photographs and documents from the school archives, played a range of hits from the decade and sold 1940s arts, crafts and recipes they produced themselves. They also dressed in period clothing and uniforms.

Community organisations and Morpeth residents helped out by bringing a range of artefacts including guns, part of a Heinkel bomber and a field telephone. About 300 members of the public attended during the day.

National Science and Engineering Week Project Manager Dan Richards said: “As a finalist, we would like to commend you on a really excellent example of how a National Science and Engineering Week event should be run.”

Morpeth resident Patricia Rescigno won the adult secton of a 1940s quiz at the event and Dan L’Argent won the child category.