SCHOOLCHILDREN took a trip down memory lane to learn about a Royal Wedding more than 60 years ago.
Care home residents at Croftside House, Hall Farm, and pupils of Benedict Biscop C of E Primary School, Moorside, met to share their experiences of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s big day.
For the youngsters, it was their first taste of such a ceremony.
But many of the elderly residents can remember Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip walking down the aisle in 1947.
Gemma Carrick, events and activities co-ordinator at Gentoo, which arranged the visit, said: “The recent Royal Wedding has caused a lot of excitement across the world, but many of the residents I work with in Croftside House could remember a number of Royal Weddings over the years.
“One of the aims of the event was for the children to learn first-hand from people who have lived through some of history’s most important eras of our time.
Despite the hardships of the post-war years, patriotic Brits were determined to celebrate. “The children were amazed to hear the stories the residents told them, such as how wedding dresses were made from parachute material.”
Resident Audrey Denholn said: “The event was absolutely fabulous.
“The children were marvellous, asking lots of questions and seemed very interested.
“It was a great morning for everyone involved.”
Drawings by the children made on the day have been placed in a time capsule, which will be buried in the grounds of Croftside House.