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Borderbrook School pupils welcome special guest in former pupil Joan Williams

Published date: 02 April 2017 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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PUPILS at Borderbrook Primary School welcomed a special visitor for a talk last week.

Former pupil Joan Williams stepped back into the classroom she had left more than 70 years before to talk to the school about what life was like during World War Two.

She told them about first being issued with her gas mask, having emergency drills at school where they had to run down to the woods behind the school and lay on the ground with their gas masks on, gave an insight into the air raids where she and her family took shelter under the table, and where in Tallarn Green the bombs actually came down.

Tallarn Green gave shelter to many child evacuees from Liverpool, and Joan’s family gave a home to two of these children, one of whom she remains in touch with to this very day.

She shared a wonderful photograph of the schoolchildren during the time and showed pupils her own identity card from all those years ago.

She also regaled them with stories of her own school years when there was no electricity or running water so the schoolboys had to go to a well to bring water back to the school, and the farmer, who had his cows in the field opposite the school, who would supply the milk.

The children had lots of questions, but one that stood out was from Megan Butler, who asked: “How did your family celebrate the end of the war?” Joan replied: “With a big party and fireworks!”

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