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14/01/2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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all start somewhere and we start with Arthur.

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

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of the children have parents serving overseas. Many are in

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Afghanistan. Inside Out has been given exclusive access following

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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or both parents serving in the military. The evidence is

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

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parents serving overseas. The majority are in Afghanistan. This

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

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

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

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people. Jess is four, and has just started

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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understand. They are bizarre reaction from many children when

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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only function correctly if it is assembled correctly.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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successes at school, round up friendships and hit the ground

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Afghanistan. We have had a massive increase. We

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

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

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

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

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The children are busy practising for their carol concert for parents

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

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

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around the classroom! Some of the children have already

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Christmas carols. This is the first big one that he

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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are providing and maintaining the communications for forces across

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the country. Things are very different from home.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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entered an increasingly tense affairs down with a string of

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

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member of the Afghan security forces. Amid all the Christmas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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When the internet allows they can speak directly to Craig.

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

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

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It is almost Christmas and time for the Nativity play.

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Many parents cannot be here to watch their children today because

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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this true pioneer is getting the recognition he deserves.

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

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born. He became arguably the greatest sportsmen the North of

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Methodist preacher, his Ghanaian mother a tribal princess. Arthur

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

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

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

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

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

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for Newcastle, he made an appearance for Middlesbrough,

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

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

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Cycling champion, professional cricketer, and played both codes of

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

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

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

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

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Wharton. Arthur Wharton was actually Sheila's grandfather.

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

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

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

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

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actually the grandfather she never knew.

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

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her family roots. It feels fantastic. I never thought

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

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

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

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

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

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somebody well known and celebrated in the country, to practically

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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some of the most powerful organisations in football. We have

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

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

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

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Arthur Wharton can be the Ardcarne and the symbol for overcoming

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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world coming together because of one man and his journey.

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

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

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

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That is all fortnight. If you have missed anything you can catch it on

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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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