D-Day 70: Former pupil relives Portsmouth during wartime

Beryl Pay (87) who lived in Portsmouth during World War Two visited The Flying Bull Academy in Portsmouth to talk to the children about her war time experiences. (left to right), Layla Baldwin (11), Lilly Searles (11), and Ben Medze-Kithcen (11).'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (141642-2) PPP-140406-172926003
Beryl Pay (87) who lived in Portsmouth during World War Two visited The Flying Bull Academy in Portsmouth to talk to the children about her war time experiences. (left to right), Layla Baldwin (11), Lilly Searles (11), and Ben Medze-Kithcen (11).'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (141642-2) PPP-140406-172926003

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SLEEPING inside air-raid shelters, missing school and living in fear of enemy attack, a civilian gave an insight into life in Portsmouth during the Second World War.

Beryl Pay, 87, of Nutfield Place, Landport, used to be a pupil at the former Flying Bull Primary School, which is now an academy.

She spoke to a group of Year 5 and Year 6 children to help them learn more about D-Day.

As well as sharing her memories and answering questions, Mrs Pay also brought in her brother’s medals and old photographs from the 1940s.

She said: ‘After the age of 11 I didn’t go to school.

‘It was a terrifying time and scary.

‘The children asked a lot of questions, which was good.’

Student Sonny Page, 11, was at the talk.

He said: ‘We have been talking about D-Day and how everything was planned and carried out.

‘It’s very interesting, especially the way England, Canada and the USA came together and went to France to fight the Germans.

‘England won because they used decoys to trick the enemy and that’s impressive.’

Pupil Mustapha Tourino, 11, said: ‘It was great to hear information from Beryl as she was able to describe it all really well.

‘We will be at the commemorations in Portsmouth today and I am looking forward to seeing that.’

The visit was arranged by Mrs Page’s daughter Vivian Shepherd, who is a teaching assistant at the school.

She said: ‘I thought speaking to someone from that time would help.’

Click here for details of the special supplement produced by The News to comemmorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings