Schoolchildren visit care home to learn about the 1940s

Basingstoke Gazette: Sophie McLean, from The Willis Museum Sophie McLean, from The Willis Museum

CHILDREN and care home residents came together to enjoy a 1940s-themed event in Bramley.

Applewood Care Home, in Coppers Lane, hosted a special open day to celebrate the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

Staff and residents, some of whom remember World War II, dressed in 1940s costumes and welcomed pupils from Sherfield School to the event.

The children were treated to a talk by Sophie McLean, from The Willis Museum, in Basingstoke, who showed them genuine artefacts from that period, including identity cards, photos and games.

Home manager Laura Hulett said: “It was a really nice day. We have an open day every year and decided to have a 1940s theme this year to tie in with the anniversary of D-Day.

“The children were able to ask our residents about their memories. One lady used to work as a call handler and transferred calls to Winston Churchill himself. She had lots of stories about him being feisty.

“It was nice that the children were able to learn something new, and it was something that both the residents and the pupils could enjoy.”

The staff, residents and pupils all enjoyed a barbecue after the talk, and a live performance of favourite wartime tunes.

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