Four youngsters from two Wiltshire primary schools found out what life was like being an evacuee in wartime Britain when they visited a local care home.

Two pupils from The Paxcroft in Ashton Street and two from the Castle Mead in Mascroft Road met Second World War evacuees Alan and Dorothy Jolly at the Trowbridge Oaks care home.

They were able to learn first-hand what life was like after being evacuated to the countryside from London during the Blitz by German bomber aircraft in the early 1940s.

Six-year-olds Amelia and Lilly with 10-year-olds Theo and Lucy met chatted with Alan,93, and Dorothy, 92, about their experiences.

The couple told the children how they were evacuated from their London homes at the beginning of the Second World War.

Alan went to Cornwall while Dorothy went to Yorkshire. They will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary next year.

The couple met while working for the Metropolitan Police Force in London and were both on duty during the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in June 1953.

Ray Horan, activities coordinator at Trowbridge Oaks, said: “It was wonderful hearing about Alan and Dorothy’s experiences during the war.

“Dorothy told the youngsters about how a bomb exploded near her when she was out in the fields and left her walking around in a daze.”