A SECOND World War evacuee visited a Halstead primary school to share her memories from wartime Britain.

Betty Wood, a resident of Colne View Care Home in Dame Mary Walk, Halstead, was invited to Richard de Clare Primary School to help students understand more about the conflict.

When she was just 11 years old, Mrs Wood was evacuated from her home in Chadwell Heath and sent to Corpusty in Norfolk.

Now 89, she has many fond memories of her time in the county, and described some of her adventures to year six pupils during a talk.

As well as hearing about Mrs Wood's experiences firsthand, children got to see some Second World War memorabilia, re-enact life in an air raid shelter and enjoy a month's worth a sweet rations.

Kim Richardson, customers relations manager at Colne View Care Home, said: "Here at Colne View it is important for us to build strong relationships with the community so we were delighted when Betty was asked to share her stories and experiences with the children.

“The children loved hearing about Betty’s fascinating life and understanding how different things were for children growing up during the war.

"It was also a lovely reminiscence exercise for Betty seeing all of the WWII memorabilia and talking about her memories of the time.

“We look forward to working with the school again and hope to build on the friendships which have been forged.”

After nine months, Mrs Wood returned to Chadwell Heath, but was soon evacuated again after The Blitz began.