Children try out a Spitfire at Heritage Centre

Children try out a Spitfire at Heritage Centre

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Sophie Flowers

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Children try out a Spitfire at Heritage Centre
Children learn the ropes at the Heritage Centre

History was brought to life for young children at the Maidenhead Heritage Centre on Monday.

Pupils from Wessex Primary School, in St Adrian's Way, found out what life was like during the Second World War with the help from some older volunteers.

The children visited the Grandma Flew Spitfires exhibition at the Park Street centre and learnt about the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA).

They were drafted in as new ATA recruits and even had a go flying the Spitfire simulator.

Jackie Simpson, the centre's new education officer, said: "The children found out about what life was like for children their age during the war.

"An older volunteer, who was a boy during the war, spoke about his memories, such as having school lessons in Anderson shelters."

Jackie will be developing an education programme for the centre during its refurbishment in January and February.

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