Homing in on the local efforts during war

Whitley Bay telephone girls undergo gas mask training.

Whitley Bay telephone girls undergo gas mask training.

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A new historical DVD looking back at the impact of the Second World War on the region has been released.

Sixtownships Community History Group has put together The Home Front Years, 1939-1945, the North of England, which looks at the impact of the conflict on Tyneside, Northumberland and County Durham.

The film features archive footage and still photographs from during the war, and then the celebrations of VE Day.

John Dawson, of the group, said: “This is the first time ever that a compilation has been put together to include our areas in the north of England.

“Witness the evacuation of children from our areas, the home guard, air raid protection, women’s land army, the days of food rationing and so much more.

“Another feature of the Second World War was the holidays at home programme featuring entertainments, sport and concerts in local parks.

“There is so much more to offer and this DVD presents a vivid and evocative account of the British people at war on the Home Front.”

The DVD costs £5.49, although it is free to schools, and is available from www.sixtownships.org.uk or from Al’s Superstore in Ashington.