War veterans bridge the generation gap

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VETERANS shared their experiences of war with teenagers in Hucknall during a special event on Armistice Day.

Bernard Beilby and Roland Clarke, who both served in the Royal Navy during the Second World War, now live at the Annesley Lodge care home in Hucknall.

But they faced a different battle last Friday when they welcomed a group of 22 students from the nearby Hucknall National Church Of England Academy to enlighten them about the conflict.

The event was on the 11th day of the 11th month — a date that coincides with the end of the First World War in 1918.

Bernard, who is in his 80s, and Roland (90) showed off their service medals and a selection of military memorabilia, including a gas mask. Bernard even exhibited a model of the ship on which he served.

During a service, Bernard talked about life at war before organising everyone for the traditional two minutes’ silence at 11 am.

The Last Post was played on the stereo at the home on Annesley Road and the group stood proudly as the national anthem was played.

Yvonne Cain, activities manager at Annesley Lodge, said: “It was a wonderful day. When it was time to leave, the schoolchildren didn’t want to go. They were very interested.”£