Attention! Pupils and one of the “soldiers” salute during the library’s official opening. Below: borough mayor Nick Daubney cuts the ribbon, while pupils read a war-time newspaper. Pictures: Ian Burt

Pupils at Gaywood’s Howard Junior were transported back to the wartime era for the official opening of the school’s new world war Remembrance Library.

West Norfolk Mayor Nick Daubney was on hand to cut the ribbon, while “soldiers” from the first and second world wars led the children in giving the salute.

Howard’s headteacher, Greg Hill, said the school’s aim when creating the new library was to give the children an inspiring and interactive experience.

“We want to lead the way in having an immersive environment and innovation in learning,” he said.

“We try to make the children excited about going to the library and we want them to be motivated to learn.”

The children dressed up in costumes first used last year to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

The library includes wartime memorabilia, a “shop” of tinned rations and newspapers from the period.

There’s even an old gramophone in the corner which plays wartime records.

Office manager Tracey Link helped pupils design the new library, which involved building new internal walls and bringing in artist Nicola Murray-Woods to paint wartime murals.

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