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Heritage railway teaches youngsters about WWII evacuation

Schoolchildren at the Wartime Weekend event in 2011 Credit: ITV Central

A thousand schoolchildren from the Midlands will find out what it was like to be an evacuee during World War 2 later.

The Great Central Railway at Loughborough in Leicestershire is putting on a special lesson for the youngsters, as part of its Wartime Weekend event.

A previous event at the Great Central Railway in Loughborough Credit: ITV Central
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Dambuster anniversary celebrations continue

Lancaster in flight Credit: Calendar news

There will be another service to commemorate the Dambusters raid today, this time in Lincoln Cathedral. The event will be attended by more than 1,300 people, including veterans of the raid Johnny Johnson and Les Munro, who has flown from New Zealand to be here.

Other relatives of those involved in the raids, including Guy Gibson's nephew and Mary Stopes Roe, the daughter of bouncing bomb inventor Barnes Wallis, will also be in attendance.

The service will be led by the Dean of Lincoln Cathedral, supported by the Chaplain in Chief of the Royal Air Force, and will be followed by a flypast by the Lancaster of the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and a pair of Tornado aircraft from 617 Squadron.

It follows last night's flypast infront of hundreds of people at RAF Scampton where the Dambusters mission began.

crowds at last night's flypast Credit: Calendar news

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