School pupils reach for the skies

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Isle of Dogs primary school pupils have taken part in a living history lesson when they learnt first hand about the feats of bravery from Britain's heroic past.

One of "The Few" - veteran pilot Brian Bird - visited Harbinger Primary School with a replica Spitfire to share stories of his exploits in the Second World War.

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And the pupils were given special training in interviewing and conducting research to ensure they make the most of the experience by arts organisation Eastside Educational Trust.

The workshops were filmed by war veterans group Legasee which is making a lasting testimonial of Brian's story and how young people react to his endeavours.

Headteacher Mandy Boutwood said: "At Harbinger we work hard to encourage and stimulate how our children see the world and to understand their place in it.

"This was a fantastic opportunity for them to learn from someone who had direct experience of not only flying a Spitfire but actually played a part in something that directly affected so many in this area."

Martin Bisiker of Legasee said: "It is really important that we capture these veterans personal stories and then preserve them in ways that are accessible and appealing to young people."

Pictures: Ben Broomfield

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