Pupils at Penryn Junior School have enjoyed a visit from a survivor of a World War Two|air raid that killed 18 people in the town.

Year six children at the school studied the impact that the Second World War had on Penryn, and learned that on May 13, 1941, Penryn suffered an attack which destroyed 23 houses in the Quay Hill area.

Although 18 people died in the attack, the children were happy to discover that 91 year old Ivor Pascoe survived the attack, and is still alive.

Ivor returned from a D-Day commemoration trip to France to visit both classes and spoke with the children about his experiences during the air raid and the war. Lucy, 11, said: “Everyone, including the teachers, found Mr Pascoe’s war time adventures fascinating.”

The pupils were also visited by Miss Phillips from the Cornwall Records Office who talked with them, shared local documents and provided hands on activities.

She was also able to share a document with Ivor which recorded the loss of life during the air raid, and included details of his family.