Show pays tribute to war children

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A West Hallam school staged an iconic show in remembrance of children who were involved in the First World War.

The one-off performance, entitled Scargill’s Children, was given at Scargill Primary School on October 11.

The show consisted of drama sketches, readings, music, singing and dance inspired by a photograph of Scargill School boys who performed in a school concert in 1900 (see page 18).

Some of those boys went to war in 1914 and are named on the village war memorial.

Script writer Alan Cooper said: “Many people worked very hard to make this show a success, from seven-year-olds to retired villagers.

“It was a sell out and we had a very appreciative audience.”

The performance was designed as a contribution to events marking the 350th anniversary of the school and also the centenary of the beginning of the First World War.

Performers were a cast of 40 men, women and children from the area.