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|Title:||70 year D- Day Anniversary at The Hub|
|Author:||Doncaster College |
|ID & Publication:||20140611037 ~ The-Villager.co.uk |
A special street party has taken place at Doncaster College’s The Hub Campus on Friday 6th June to commemorate the D-Day Landings. Students and staff from the College organised a variety of activities that were relevant to the era to mark the 70th Anniversary.
Eric Clarke, 101 from Carcroft was the special guest at the event, taking the time to speak to students and staff about his experiences during the war. Born and raised in Doncaster Eric was an instructor training recruits at RAF Finningley during the D-Day landings.
Activities included, games such as noughts and crosses, 1940s hairstyles created by hairdressing students, building a bunker and a good old fashioned sing-a-long during lunch. A teashop serving afternoon tea run by hospitality students was also a big success.
A live cooking competition took place in the Colleges training kitchen. Working in teams the catering students had to create a meal to be served using just the contents of a war ration pack and few additional items that the students had managed to source. The meals they created were then served to the veterans who attended the event.
Students from the local North Ridge Community School attended the event and were encouraged to build a bunker using sandbags, they learnt the reasons behind bunkers and that when they had finished using it that it must be dismantled.
Both the Doncaster RAF Association and the Pontefract Home Guard Living History Group attended the event. Pontefract Home Guard brought many artefacts that were used during the war including a bomb that is disguised as a thermos flask and an air raid siren.
Event organiser Debby Adams, Assistant Director of Sport Leisure and Public Services said, ‘I am so humbled that everyone has come together and worked so hard. The event has had such a positive ambience and it has been fantastic to see such a variation of generations mark this memorable occasion’.
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