Billericay veterans with Mayflower School pupils

Article by Mark Richardson: Pupils at Mayflower High had the chance to chat and hear stories from war veterans last Friday as part of a veteran’s lunch held in Billericay.

Mayflower High School invited members from several Essex-based British Legion groups along with current servicemen to the lunch, where they sat and spoke with the school’s year seven and eight pupils, one day after Remembrance Day.

This is the fourth year the school has held the event, with this year’s lunch placing a focus on the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain by inviting those who lived through it.

Peter Smith, 81, spoke to pupils about his experiences being evacuated during the Second World War and his later National Service with the Royal Navy.

[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Quoted by Peter Smith"]Going through this I remember how different life was. I remember we got a farmer to keep a pig, and when it was slaughtered we had to report it because our ration books were altered so that you couldn’t go and buy bacon – it was extraordinarily strict.[/quote]

[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Quoted by Pupil Tiana Gittens"]“We’ve learnt about it, but we like to see their take on it because they’ve been through it and they know how it actually was.[/quote]

Young and old were invited to the event, as the pupils learnt about the varied experiences of those in wars past and present.

[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Quoted by Andrew Thomas, 43 and a veteran of the Royal Anglian Regiment,"]It’s a great opportunity to meet the kids and talk about past conflicts. It’s all about understanding more for the future, so hopefully they won’t need to go to war again.[/quote]

Original article by Mark Richardson, The Enquirer

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