BACK in 1987 history was being re-encated by the children of Horbling Brown’s C of E School when they learned what it would have been like to be a wartime evacuee.
The elaborate re-enactment was to marrk the publishing of a new book, called How’s Business, by Alison Prince.
The author collaborated with the schoolchildren and it was set in and around the village of Horbling, with a major scene at the now defunct Billingborough railway station.
Alison was working with the children as an author in residence for the county and the children added their thoughts and feelings after visiting locations for the story and doing a whole project on the 1940s.
The book was all about evacuee children in the 1940s and the Horbling boys and girls marked the launch by playing the part of evacuees from Hull, dressing in period costume and saying farewells to their parents before heading off to the school where they were billeted for a night before learning which host families they would be placed with. They tried wartime cookery, heard about blackout and air raid precautions from Local Defence Volunteer Jim Livermore and produced an ITMA radio programme. They were also visited by a policeman and a German spy.
They sat and drank Ovaltine in the evening and listened to Boy’s Own annual stories as well as joining in a sing song. Were you one of the children that took part?