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Battle of Britain 70th Anniversary Celebrations
Thursday 3rd June, 2010

The 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain celebrations is well underway in Wigan, with a series of workshops taking place at Golborne High School.

During half term, veterans and children from primary and high schools in the Golborne area took part in an intergenerational project, a week-long milestone event organised by Wigan Council.

Young and old joined in drama, art and craft sessions where they made; gas masks, model spitfire aeroplanes and war time posters. They played games which children enjoyed during the war. This series of workshops were facilitated by Pegasus, a World War II militaria company.

Each workshop was filmed by media students from Wigan and Leigh College for a commemorative DVD to be shown on Armed Forces Day, 26th June in Leigh Sports Village.

The students developed a variety of scenes associated with World War II and the Battle of Britain. They even filmed veterans talking about their wartime experiences.

The series of events built on from last month’s VE day coach trip to the Imperial War Museum, North, which set the scene about the Battle of Britain.

Councillor Keith Cunliffe, Healthier Communities and Older People Champion says; “It’s great to see so many people across the community involved in the 70th anniversary celebrations.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for school children of all ages to experience what it was really like to live during wartime and capture this on a DVD.

“I would like to thank everyone involved for all their hard work in making this event happen. We are all looking forward to the Armed Forces day event on 26th June.”

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