Schoolchildren have stepped back in time as part of a local history project to remember and honour all those soldiers from Burnley and Padiham who died during the First World War.
Budding historians from Padiham Primary School held Little Children Week where they researched the main events of the conflict and found out about the lives and experiences of ordinary men and women who lived at that time.
Children were shown what life was like for an ordinary soldier, learned how the war started, basic drill and looked at a soldier’s kit. In role play sessions, they experienced what life was like in the trenches, from food to illnesses and daily routines.
As part of the commemorations, to mark the centenary of the war, pupils took part in a special service of remembrance as a tribute to soldiers from Padiham who died in action.
The children processed down the Padiham Greenway before taking part in various acts of remembrance which culminated in the laying of crosses by the Padiham War Memorial. Each wooden cross contained the name of a soldier from Padiham who died during the war.
Parents and relatives were also invited into school to look at the First World War displays. Children were treated to wartime treats of lemonade and jam tarts while the adults enjoyed homemade cakes and tea. As a special treat, all children were given a bag of jelly babies, known as Peace Babies after the war, and a specially designed bookmark. Pupils and staff were also given a knitted or felt made memorial poppy.
Also as part of the commemorations Years 5 and 6 performed the play “Archie Dobson’s War” to children, parents and special guests.