Star of Horrible History records show at school

The star of BBC’s Horrible History called into a Cramlington school this week to record a special show for community radio.

Matthew Ward joined radio presenters Paul Green and Stephen Lambert from Blyth, to record a show for Radio Northumberland at Northburn Primary School in the town.

The show, based on a Year 5 study of the Second World War, will air on Radio Northumberland at 3pm on Fridayand Saturday.

Matthew, along with his assistant Jill, offered to come to the school for a full day of activities based on life for children during the war.

The idea was embraced by head teacher Gillian Tawse.

Paul said: “The pupils were enthusiastic with many turning up dressed as evacuees, including cardboard boxes that would have included gas masks and name tags.

“The day’s activities included a realistic air raid practice where the children took cover under tables, a discussion on what life was like during the Second World War including rationing, and the morning ended with the children making a mock banana sandwich made up of boiled parsnips pre-boiled and mashed then mixed by the children with sugar and a drop of banana essence.”

Following a school lunch there was an outdoor question and answer session where the children asked about Matthew’s experience making Horrible Histories and telling stories of the Second World War.

The show can be heard at