Alnwick Castle launches search for war-time evacuee pupils ahead of VE Day reunion

Alnwick Castle is urgently looking for pupils who were evacuated there during the Second World War.

Sunday, 19th January 2020, 4:45 pm
Updated Tuesday, 21st January 2020, 12:19 am
Pupils of the former Newcastle Church High School (now Newcastle High School for Girls) at Alnwick Castle.
Pupils of the former Newcastle Church High School (now Newcastle High School for Girls) at Alnwick Castle.

A reunion of girls from the former Church High School in Newcastle is being planned to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

As many ‘old girls’ as possible (carers also welcome) are to be invited to visit the castle for a special day to include afternoon tea, entertainment and an exclusive tour on Thursday, May 7.

This year also 2020 marks the 80th anniversary of when the schoolgirls arrived at Alnwick Castle, which makes it a doubly important occasion.

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As well as this special occasion for former pupils, on the same day, Alnwick Castle is also planning a large event for schools to celebrate the nationwide VE Day 75th Anniversary commemorations. The celebrations will extend into the weekend for day visitors.

The events will involve hands-on workshops, entertaining activities and interactive performances arranged especially for children, as well as adults, to guide them through the life and times of ordinary people and soldiers during World War II. Alnwick Castle and the important part it played in the war effort will also be highlighted.

Newcastle Church High School joined with Newcastle Central High School for Girls in 2016 and became Newcastle High School for Girls.

VEDay75 in May 2020 is a three-day national and international event that is set to be one of the biggest commemorations of the end of war in Europe

To find out more, contact Daniel Watkins, state rooms manager at Alnwick Castle on 01665 511114 or email [email protected]