Pupils to mark aviation history

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Almost 200 schoolchildren from across Lincolnshire will take part in a mass event celebrating and remembering the county’s Second World War aviation heritage.

In what is thought to be a national first for the education and aviation sectors, youngsters from six schools will visit the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre for a day of reflection, learning, storytelling, re-enactments and craft workshops.

The schools involved include Swineshead St Mary’s Primary School and the Peele Community College in Long Sutton.

The event has been organised by Lincolnshire County Council and Arts Council England as a way of ensuring young people have the opportunity to learn about the county’s rich aviation heritage.

It is hoped it will become a regular event in the future.

Dave Harrigan, outreach and learning officer for Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire, said: “ It’s fitting to develop this exciting new education initative in the 70th anniversary year of the Dambusters.

“I can’t think of a more evocative backdrop for a day of fun and learning.

“People travel from across the world to see Just Jane and Lincolnshire’s children will not only see her but take part in time-lapse films that acknowledge those who lost their lives in World War II.”

The day will also include kite building, 1940s toys and games workshops, model airplane making and re-enactors will share stories of what it was like living and working in 1942.