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World War Two Veteran Interviewed by Boys

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A group of boys from Year 6 at Bolton School have completed a very special project in time for the country's VE 75 year celebration. The Junior Boys interviewed World War Two veteran and former Bolton School pupil Kenneth Lee, who was 16 in 1940, and then created a script called 'Holding the Line' that they hoped would convey his experiences of war. The plan had been to film the script at Patterdale Hall, however, due to bad weather at the start of the year and then Covid 19, the filming never took place and the script was instead adapted to create an e-book. 

The e-book was originally a script written by Dhilan Jacobs, Henry Hughes and Rith Narla. The e-book is narrated by Dhilan Jacobs, Advaith Govindu, Aashan Subhani, Xavier Jones and Zain Burill.

Announcing the project on Twitter, the boys’ teacher, Mrs Whittaker, said: “I’d like to share this fantastic project that the Y6 boys have been working on since the start of the school year. I am so proud to be posting it here for everyone to see.” 

A printed book will be sent to Kenneth and a few copies will be retained in the School library. 

Head of the Boys’ Division at Bolton School, Philip Britton, said: “If we want to know that VE Day is all about, here is the work that Park Road boys did interviewing a former pupil about his war – this is terrific work!” 

Head of the Junior Boys’ School, Sue Faulkner, was in agreement: “What an amazing project for the boys to be involved in - what a fabulous opportunity and lovely for it to be shared with all of the boys today in a special assembly.” 

She added: “A huge thank you to the talented Ellis Shuma Comics for illustrating the World War Two e-book. Your pictures helped to bring the story to life!”

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