14/01/2013 Inside Out Yorkshire and Lincolnshire


Lucy Hester goes behind the scenes at RAF Leeming Primary School where many of the children have a parent away at war. Plus, the story of black footballer Arthur Wharton.

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Good evening and welcome to Inside Out. Tonight, here is what is on


the show. We follow the highs and lows of Life at the primary school


where many of the children have parents serving overseas. Hello,


Daddy. I have been having fun at school. Dear Daddy, how why you? I


am fine. And the story of Britain's first black professional footballer.


We trace his journey from Ghana to Yorkshire. He was the pioneer. We


all start somewhere and we start with Arthur.


This is especially primary school thought -- primary school. A third


of the children have parents serving overseas. Many are in


Afghanistan. Inside Out has been given exclusive access following


the children and families are to the highs and lows of school term.


This is RAF Leeming - the biggest royal air force base in the north.


1800 servicemen and women, and their families, live and work here.


It's home to the RAF Regiment, 90 signals unit, and the hawk jet.


It's also home to RAF Leeming Community Primary - the school


On the face of it, this school is just like any other state primary -


funded by the LEA, and run accordingly. But here's the


difference - 98% of children here are from forces families with one


or both parents serving in the military. The evidence is


everywhere. Outside each classroom, a list of names - children with


parents serving overseas. The majority are in Afghanistan. This


is one of the year three classes. There are quite a large number way.


Some of the parents are in active theatres of war. Certainly. Their


art focused in Afghanistan, that's the most common. -- There are


people. Jess is four, and has just started


reception class. I was worried if she'd fit into mainstream. Because


her speech is quite delayed, she can't tell us where she's at. But I


was completely wrong, She's blossoming. Jess' dad is going to


Afghanistan in a few weeks' time. He'll be gone for four and a half


months. Where is daddy's nose? What does the nose do? I think she


senses something. I'm not sure she knows or understands I'm going away


for a period of time. But she's certainly sensing more and acting


differently to last when I went The proof is once I have gone, will


she acted differently? Will she know I'm not here, will she come


looking for me, come round to the side of the bed? She's good at


signing for me. 9-year-old Leona's dad went to the


Falklands in summer. He's there as part of the permanent UK military


presence to defend the Islands. He might be home for Christmas. Miss


everything really. I was upset but I kept it to myself, and that just


made me more sad. There are other children in Leona's class with dads


away. On the cupboard it says home- and-away. I look up to remind


myself when I am doing my work. I usually come home and say, dad I've


been doing this and I've been doing that and so I think if I just say


it in my head, he'll hear it. My husband is a padre and he went


to Afghanistan last year. It's being aware of children's emotions,


reading them and reaching out a hand to them and saying, its awful.


You have to walk that walk with them. If someone's having a wobble,


you can rely on others to rally round and look after them. They


really are a caring bunch, they look after each other incredibly


well, and that's an amazing Many of the youngsters go through


intense emotional periods. The school has put in place and network


of support to help the children who are affected. This is the IT suite.


This is the lunchtime Ebluey club - where children are encouraged to


email parents deployed abroad. It's a 21st century version of the old


serviceman's Bluey letter. Hello, Daddy. I have been having fun at


school. On Friday we are going to a pantomime in Richmond. I am looking


forward to it. Lots of love. It is fine writing. He sends you letters


back. I already have two. One has a picture of a terrapin. Do you know


when he comes back? March 8th. Yes. I am a bit sad. There is a help to


write e-mails? You can tell him things you have been doing. Yes.


Dear Daddy, how you? I had been riding horses.


Morgan's dad is with the RAF regiment and he's in Afghanistan


for 7 months. Does daddy like your e-mails? Yes. He said they were


lovely. Can he singe your e-mails back? No, because the internet is


rubbish. -- can he send you e- mails? There is no post. He is in


the desert. Kiss, kiss, Haag, hug. The children tend not to understand


why, my son is only three. Morgan comes to school and understands


where he has gone. She has no idea where that is but a school help her


understand. They are bizarre reaction from many children when


the parent goes way it is yes, we can go to the club. Not all parents


have enjoyed that. All I can think about his great but it is more than


that. It is about getting the recognition so there are plenty of


older children around. It's an opportunity to clock in and see how


you are doing. Servicemen and women are being deployed now more than


ever - not just to Afghanistan but to other places of active service


around the world. So in the course of their career with the air force,


they could leave their homes and families several times. It will


only function correctly if it is assembled correctly.


This is the latest Osprey body armour that 90 signals unit will


take with them to Afghanistan. your blood group on there.


For Jess's dad Craig, it will be his 4th tour in 10 years.


casualty extraction... I'll be going out to Kandahar.


We're well trained and well prepared and that helps with the


mindset. We're going to do a good job, make a difference, and return


in April knowing we've done a good A number of things jess will be


doing for the first time. First carol concert. You won't be here.


No, but will be heart. But there isn't the time of year you can go


way and not miss something for the first time. This time round it will


be the first Christmas play and probably start in, knowing how she


is. I just have to look at the video and think fondly and do it


that way. That is the life we have chosen to live. I have to make sure


I'm there for the next one. Military life means moving around a


lot. Personnel get posted every few years, so the population here is


constantly changing this. The average time a child spends he is


one year and seven months. Research suggests regular moves mean some


children can start to disengage when they know they're leaving -


from friendships, from learning, and behaviour can slip. But there


are also positives. There are children here who've lived all over


the world, and they bring those experiences into the classroom. And


service children can be very good at making new friends, and


welcoming new people. Often the leaving is the hardest part, so we


put a lot of energy into that. Get them ready, think through their


successes at school, round up friendships and hit the ground


Craig is about to leave for Kandahar. Within hours, the advance


party for his squadron will be in Afghanistan. A lot of us have done


this before. It is in a mine set. We are raring to go. The sooner we


are out there, the sooner we are back. Craig will be leaving his


family for 4 and a half months. You've got to be strong. If you're


not strong, they can't do their job. It puts them in the wrong mindset.


So you have to be strong. You can He is doing good, protecting people.


You have to think positive. You cannot listen to this rubbish about


they should not be out there doing this or that. That just degrades


them. They'd put their lives on the line for everybody.


The next morning Jess's name is added to the classroom list. And a


few days later there are many more children with parents gone to


Afghanistan. We have had a massive increase. We


normally have around 10% but recently it is over a quarter were


the parent away. That is right across the school. We have probably


got the lot highest number weight over Christmas which has an impact


on the families. It is December and the build-up to Christmas has begun.


The children are busy practising for their carol concert for parents


in a week's time. The children are as high as kites.


They are looking forward to their performance. We will be bouncing


around the classroom! Some of the children have already


had their Christmas, in a poll for or November, before their families


were deployed. Some children are feeling a little bit sad about that.


It is OK for them to feel sad and it is normal to beat sad about


somebody away. Would give them the opportunity to talk that through.


Morgan's family is finding the run- up to Christmas tough, like many


others. I got a letter from the Santa yesterday. I was singing


Christmas carols. This is the first big one that he


has been away from us. I know that he finds it difficult as well. We


are a very close family. It is going to be hard. You just


have to get on with it. You cannot While some dads are going away,


Leona and her sister Kiah are expecting their dad to return from


the Falklands this week. They're making a banner to welcome him home.


The girls show me the wall that they have dedicated to their dead.


It is the first thing you see when you come in to the house. -- their


dad. He has gone all the way from the UK, he stopped there for one


night in the Ascension Islands and then went to the Falklands. They


dad has been away for four months. Are you looking forward to seeing


him? I will just jump on him and give him a big cuddle.


Afghanistan. Craig has been here now for five weeks. The squadron


are providing and maintaining the communications for forces across


the country. Things are very different from home.


This is the standard accommodation that all personnel get in Kandahar.


It is a standard set up within a room. I have these personal touches


from my little girl. It is a bit of a moment from home which is nice.


It is a busy life and the men relish the distraction of a meal.


Craig sometimes gets the chance to catch up with news from home.


are working seven days a week constantly. The days pass by


quickly. It is a very different life out here. The day does not


finish until late in the evening. So you get back and go to bed and


get a good seven last of sleep if we can. Them rare back doing the


same thing the following day. behind the wire the squadron has


entered an increasingly tense affairs down with a string of


insider attacks on troops. The most recent last week in Helmand by a


member of the Afghan security forces. Amid all the Christmas


build up at the school, it is business as usual.


Families are doing the same thing and I think it is easier in some


ways for those children to see it as normal. Even though it is not


normal for the rest of society. Paula and chess are getting ready


for Christmas without Craig. comes in in the morning and looks


to his side of the bed. She sleeps in my bed a lot. She just needs


that extra bit of comfort. It is just her way of missing him.


Come and speak to Daddy on the computer. Are you beautiful? Yes.


When the internet allows they can speak directly to Craig.


I have not felt like Christmas. You tried so hard not to think about


what might happen out there. But you cannot help it.


It is almost Christmas and time for the Nativity play.


Many parents cannot be here to watch their children today because


they are serving overseas. Jess is playing a snowflake. I will be


sorry to leave this place and this school. That will happen, we will


move on. And I do not think we will have the same understanding.


Our school gets on with doing what it has to do as a school. A lot of


other schools out there are doing a fantastic job with service families


as well. It is a very rewarding place to be.


It is the end of another term. Leona was my dad made it home for


Christmas. Paula and jazz did get By rights Arthur Wharton should be


a household name. He was a world- beating sprinter and the first


black professional footballer in Britain. But it is only now that


this true pioneer is getting the recognition he deserves.


It begins in a little fishing port in West Africa in 1865. A boy is


born. He became arguably the greatest sportsmen the North of


England has ever seen. But you may not have heard of Arthur Wharton. I


feel so proud of his achievements and delighted that at last, his


story is able to be told. He was the pioneer! He has a place in


history, we all start somewhere and we start with Arthur Wharton.


This is what began the whole story, finding this in the box. I found it


in this old box that belonged to my mother. It's a photo of Arthur


Wharton, who she believed to be a distant relative. She didn't know


it, but he had a remarkable story. Arthur Wharton was born in


Jamestown, in the Gold Coast, now Ghana. His Scottish father was a


Methodist preacher, his Ghanaian mother a tribal princess. Arthur


left for Britain to train as a preacher himself. But his talents


lay elsewhere. In the North East of England. He played football for


Darlington, played bit of cricket here as well. He was a first class


cricketer. But an even better goalkeeper. He was a showman! He'd


swing on the crossbar and catch the ball between his knees. He played


for Newcastle, he made an appearance for Middlesbrough,


Sheffield. Rotherham, Stalybridge. But that's just the tip of the


iceberg. He was the world's first 100 yard record holder, British


Cycling champion, professional cricketer, and played both codes of


rugby. It would be like Usain Bolt turning out for Manchester United.


So why has nobody heard of him? He had a scandalous family secret


hidden in this box. Also in the box was Arthur's sisters Wilhelmina and


Clara. This is my mother. This is Arthur's father, Reverend Henry


Wharton. Arthur Wharton was actually Sheila's grandfather.


the box of photographs was the Bible. I found these versus


underlined. He is trying to tell me that he committed adultery. He has


been with my grandmother and she had three children. It made Sheila


realised why the grand mother was banished from the family. After was


actually the grandfather she never knew.


She let is heading to Guiana. The last chance she will get to trace


her family roots. It feels fantastic. I never thought


I would be here. It says the Reverend Henry Wharton.


This is where Arthur's father preached. I think in his later life,


Arthur forgot about his religion. Because of his illicit love affair,


Augher lost his family and then his celebrity status. He ended up as a


miner near Doncaster, living in poverty. He had gone from being


somebody well known and celebrated in the country, to practically


being and nobody. And he was buried in an unknown grave. An undignified


end for a champion whose life had started so promisingly. Sean


Campbell's mission is to get recognition for Arthur Wharton,


first through the statue. I just wondered how many monuments to


other black British achievers were out there. And there to be honest


it took me months to find one. will unveil eventually a 17 ft high


statue. Until then, these small bronze replicas have been bought by


some of the most powerful organisations in football. We have


one in Wembley Stadium, in Zurich, and then when we go back to England,


at UEFA. The timing of the campaign could not be better.


War is being waged against racism in football. And someone like


Arthur Wharton can be the Ardcarne and the symbol for overcoming


racism. Though Arthur was loved by many across the North, he had to


fight his own battle. When they reported on matches, they would say


he had Monkey type features. Being a black player at that time is just


mind-boggling. I never knew anything about him until six or


seven years ago. Now you speak to Andy Cole, Rio Ferdinand, they all


know about him. So we're doing our bit to get his name out there.


They don't exactly that out in Guiana as well. In the place where


he was born, a football tournament is being held in his honour. Arthur


Wharton has finally come home. And in a sense so has his granddaughter.


Sheila has got one last surprise. A local journalist has tracked down


not just one or two relatives but an entire family that she love


never knew she had. Here is your family. My work is done.


I realised as the child, I always said to my mother, have I got a


grandfather? And she never answered me. I am very proud to be a member


of your family. It is very emotional to be here with you.


Thank you. We're very happy. This is the first time I heard of any


white people tracing their black ancestors. She has come home to


look for us. Football is known as the beautiful game and look at what


is happening here today, we're all United, people from all over the


world coming together because of one man and his journey.


It is the culmination of my life. It is the greatest day of my life.


I think my mother would say, I'm sorry I did not turn you but I'm


pleased that you have found them. She would be saying, well done.


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Lucy Hester goes behind the scenes at RAF Leeming Primary School in North Yorkshire, where many of the children have a parent away at war.

Plus, there is a look at the story of Arthur Wharton, the first black professional footballer.

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