Classic car on show as Hassocks pupils go back in time

Evacuation day at Windmills Junior School SUS-150402-161041001
Evacuation day at Windmills Junior School SUS-150402-161041001

More than 60 schoolchildren went back in time to become evacuees as they immersed themselves in 1940s life for a day as part of their World War II topic.

As part of the activities, pupils even sat in a 1938 Wolseley saloon, which has featured in numerous films and TV series including Foyle’s War, Poirot, Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang and Philomena.

The £15,000 car will also feature in the new Dad’s Army film, due to be released early next year (Feb 2016).

It was driven onto the playground at The Windmills Junior School, Dale Avenue, Hassocks, for excited Year 6 pupils to see by owner Richard Warner, an applicance repair technician, of Silverdale, Keymer.

Richard owns 12 classic cars, many of which are sought after by film-makers around the country.

He pointed out to the children that the headlights on the Wolseley were fitted with blackout filters to divert the light down to the road so they would not have shown up to enemy aircraft.

The ten and 11-year-old pupils had earlier walked to the nearby United Reformed Church hall in Hassocks, dressed in 1940s style outfits complete with home-made “gas masks”.

There they learned first aid and wrote postcards “home” before returning to school for a maths lesson involving pounds, shillings and pennies. All the staff involved played their part as strict teachers, ensuring pupils behaved in line with 1940s-style education.

Will said: “It was a really good day – I especially loved the car because I really like old things. It’s amazing it’s still going.”

Evie said: “It really felt like the war but I loved it, how all the teachers were in role. The car was fantastic.

Report and pictures contributed by Windmills Junior School.