School children from Northamptonshire swap shirts and recreate Christmas Truce

Children from Blisworth Primary School, Rothersthorpe Primary School and Gayton Primary School
Children from Blisworth Primary School, Rothersthorpe Primary School and Gayton Primary School

One hundred children played a football match in each other’s shirts then stood in silence to commemorate the Christmas Truce of the First World War.

Blisworth Primary School hosted the matches together with Year 5 and 6 pupils from Rothersthorpe and Gayton. Celia irwin

They played in shirts of the other school to represent the togetherness shown in the iconic matches that took place between entrenched enemy soldiers on Christmas Day 1914.

Celia Irwin, Blisworth School’s headteacher, said: “The idea was that there were no teams and it was therefore all about the values of friendship.”

The pupils, who were joined by Cobblers’ youth team players, sang Silent Night in English, with a soloist singing a verse in German. It was followed by two minutes’ silence.

Mrs Irwin said: “We have focussed a lot on World War One already this term but, I think the match taught them a lot.”