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VIP Treatment For Percy Shurmer Pupils

posted Aug 24, 2015, 1:13 AM by Nicholas Basson   [ updated Aug 24, 2015, 1:14 AM ]
Pupils at a Birmingham city centre primary academy have had some unforgettable learning experiences as part of their Second World War project.

Sixty year six children produced sixteen small scaled models - dioramas - of the D Day Normandy beaches and had them exhibited at the city's fantastic Library of Birmingham. Their displays attracted two surprise VIPs to the event on the first day. Ninety two year old former D Day veteran Dennis Moody, a radio operator who landed on Gold beach, arrived to share his memories of the tide turning historic event with the children that marked the beginning of the end of the Second World War.

The city's Lord Mayor, Councillor Shafique Shah was also a surprise guest visitor spending some time viewing the dioramas and talking to the excited children about their project.

Year Six teacher in charge of the project, James Ledingham, said: "Every one of the children who took part in the project was gripped by the bravery of the soldiers who made such incredible sacrifices. This exhibition presented them all with a great opportunity to not only bring to life the experience of what was a crucial episode in the history of the Second World War, but also to meet the Lord Mayor and a member of the allied forces who was actually there."

Percy Shurmer Primary Academy and AET are extremely grateful for the kind co-operation of the Lord Mayor's Office of Birmingham City Council and the Birmingham and District Normandy Veterans' Association for securing the two very special guest visitors.

You can see and hear the children talking about their D Day project on this link.