Daryl Page sitting in the trench at Founders Heritage Park before the Trench Tour this weekend and the Anzac Experience on Anzac Day. Photo: Andrew Board.

Trust gives a real life history lesson

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Primary school students have been given a heck of a history lesson and from this weekend it’s open to the public.

The Dramatix Theatre Development Trust – made up of locals – has built a reputation for its Anzac Experience, formally called Lest We Forget, held each year around Anzac Day. But this year they’ve added a new dimension with night tours of a World War trench, as well as a history lesson for primary schools.

Organiser TJ Ramsay says the school tours, which are running this week, have been a huge hit. “It’s very real and very scary for them, but they come out pumped and the teachers tell me they want to learn more when they get back to school, so that’s what it’s all about.”

The new night-time Trench Tours at Founders Heritage Park are R16 and will be held this Saturday and Sunday. They are the third part of the living history event with the Anzac Experience to start on Anzac Day. This year it will feature a reconstruction of the Tapawera Training Camp, complete with drill and kit inspections.

Booking for the night tours are essential and are $10 per person. For bookings or information, email dramatix@dram atix.co.nz