History day brings back the home front

Church Square in St Helens
Church Square in St Helens
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Residents can take a trip back in time and find out what life was like in St Helens during the difficult years of World War One at a special event.

St Helens Council is staging a full day of activities and workshops bringing history to life in Church Square as part of the commemorations for the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the conflict.

Children will be able to take part in school lessons from a century ago and play games from the wartime years, while pewter toy soldiers will be cast on a brazier.

Visitors will also be able to find out more about everyday life for St Helens families on the home front, with displays of clothes dyeing, food rationing, cooking and making butter and washdays.

An Edwardian police constable will also be on duty discussing law and order and how common crimes were punished in 1914, while the army will be recruiting soldiers to fight in the trenches at an armed forces information stall.

John Bull will also make an appearance at the living history day together with a stilt-walking version of fictional fighter pilot hero Biggles.

There will also be a wartime version of a Punch and Judy show featuring patriotic British and anti-German characters such as Tommy Gunn and Kaiser Bill.

The World War One re-enactment day takes place in Church Square on Saturday September 6 between 11am and 4pm.

For more information about events in St Helens town centre visit www.whatsoninsthelens.com, ring 01744 676731 or search for What’s On in St Helens onFacebook and Twitter.