GALLERY: Kingsfield pupils write and perform Chatteris Remembered in tribute of town’s First World War heroes

14:05 04 July 2014

Kingsfield School production about town

Kingsfield School production about town's soldiers on the Somme.Year 6 students from Kingsfield Primary School Chatteris performed a play they had written about the town’s soldiers on the Somme. Picture: Steve Williams.

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Pupils took to the stage to perform a play dedicated to soldiers from a Fenland town who lost their lives in the First World War.

Kingsfield School production about town's soldiers on the Somme.Year 6 students from Kingsfield Primary School Chatteris performed a play they had written about the town’s soldiers on the Somme.
 Picture: Steve Williams.Kingsfield School production about town's soldiers on the Somme.Year 6 students from Kingsfield Primary School Chatteris performed a play they had written about the town’s soldiers on the Somme. Picture: Steve Williams.

Chatteris Remembered, performed by Year 6 pupils of the town’s Kingsfield Primary School, was written by class pupils Katrina James and Willow Stephenson with the help of scriptwriter Holly Phillips.

It tells the story of Edmund Cooper and his beloved Emily and how the war affected their lives and relationship.

The first performance of the play was held today at the King Edward Centre, Chatteris, and will continue to run for the next few days at the school.

Louise Lomax, deputy head teacher at Kingsfield Primary School, said: “The play is the finale of the heritage project that we have been running, funded by the National Heritage Lottery.

Kingsfield School production about town's soldiers on the Somme.Year 6 students from Kingsfield Primary School Chatteris performed a play they had written about the town’s soldiers on the Somme.
 Picture: Steve Williams.Kingsfield School production about town's soldiers on the Somme.Year 6 students from Kingsfield Primary School Chatteris performed a play they had written about the town’s soldiers on the Somme. Picture: Steve Williams.

“Some representatives from the National Lottery are here to see the play performed along with some parents.”

Katrina and Willow also received a certificate for their play from the Cambridgeshire Association for Local History.

Mike Petty, association president, said: “We do an annual award scheme in which we hand out awards to local people or organisations that have really looked into the local history.

“We are presenting the award today as part of our schools programme because we think that the pupils here have really taken an interest and researched their local history.”

Kingsfield School production about town's soldiers on the Somme.Year 6 students from Kingsfield Primary School Chatteris performed a play they had written about the town’s soldiers on the Somme.
 Left: Willow Stephenson, President of the Cambridgeshire association for local history and Katrina James. Picture: Steve Williams.Kingsfield School production about town's soldiers on the Somme.Year 6 students from Kingsfield Primary School Chatteris performed a play they had written about the town’s soldiers on the Somme. Left: Willow Stephenson, President of the Cambridgeshire association for local history and Katrina James. Picture: Steve Williams.

The performance included traditional songs from the First World War - Pack up Your Troubles, It’s A Long Way To Tipperary and Keep The Home Fires Burning.

Among the audience at Friday’s performance was NE Cambs MP Steve Barclay.

The pupils also created propaganda artwork as well as displays about local soldiers who lost their lives in the First World War.

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