Created by Impio OLW | Published 11.12.19
This project forms the educational element of a bigger ‘Talacre Then and Now’ project that will be led by Flintshire Countryside Service.
World War 2 is a key period in the history of Talacre with many evacuees escaping the bombing in Liverpool to stay in simple huts built in the dunes. The war was heard & seen in the skies above them with dog fights and views of the bombing of Liverpool across the water. The dunes and beach were used for Spitfire training.
Several pillboxes and beach landing defences covered the beaches in case of enemy invasion. As a result of the target practice and occasional dogfight overhead, the beaches were littered with spent ammunition and they can still be found today. The remains of pill boxes and rows of larch posts, originally put in to deter gliders from landing, can still be seen but coastal erosion and weather is taking their toil on these items and they will soon disappear.
Talacre dunes with its visible history provides an exciting place to teach WW2 history for local schools.
The project delivered an activity programme for local KS2 pupils, using on site visits to Talacre as the starting point for study of the impact of WW2 on their local area.