A 2 hour guided tour of the wonderful Victoria Tunnel air raid shelter – complete with Byker Grannie, Air Raid Warden, Gerard the Teacher and Basil. Basil McLeod, aged 88 held the children spellbound as he recounted his wartime childhood, evacuation and how he spent many German raids sheltering in Tunnel. Safe but uncomfortable no doubt!

The children got to try helmets on and mastered the art of putting a gas mask on in 4 seconds! The rationing of food and the need to have enough clothes coupons to keep yourself dressed certainly hammered home the point that wartime was hard, dangerous and not something ever to be repeated.

 

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