Ilkeston youngsters mark RAF centenary

Chaucer Junior School pupils (Ilkeston) Daniel Littlewood, of  Year 6, helped with the display to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the RAF, and Charlotte Sisson, of Year 4, brought in some photos for the display of her great grandfather.
Chaucer Junior School pupils (Ilkeston) Daniel Littlewood, of Year 6, helped with the display to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the RAF, and Charlotte Sisson, of Year 4, brought in some photos for the display of her great grandfather.

Youngsters from Ilkeston’s Chaucer Junior School have commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force by creating a special area of remembrance.

Year 6 pupils at the Cranmer Street school have made planes and figures for the area while members of the gardening club have created a distinctive planter.

Chaucer Junior School in Ilkeston's tribute to the RAF, which is celebrating its centenary this year.

Chaucer Junior School in Ilkeston's tribute to the RAF, which is celebrating its centenary this year.

The area also features several photos - including one of William Dennis Sisson, who was in the medical corps during the Second World War and is the grandfather of the school’s gardening and community ambassador Kerry Wheatley - and documents such as telegrams from service personnel to loved ones.

Kerry said: “I’m proud of the children for getting involved in this special project.

“It’s so important for them to remember the past, and the ultimate sacrifice that many of them made.”