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Seraphina entered one of the newspaper’s competitions, which asked those who entered to write a sentence about why they think it is important to record memories about the war.
Seraphina wrote: “It is important to collect war stories because what kind of people are we if we don't remember and celebrate the people who fought for our freedom just because it didn't happen yesterday?”
Out of the many young people that entered across the UK, Seraphina was selected to take part in the publication’s ‘What did you do in the war’ series. This is a regular feature in First News to mark 75 years since the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939.
Seraphina interviewed Sir Harold Atcherley to find out all about life as a prisoner of war in Singapore, and how he kept a diary of his experiences.
Seraphina adds: “I had to write my questions in advance and get them approved by First News. I then met with Sir Harold and conducted my interview, which was recorded. It was such an amazing experience, particularly as journalism is something that I am very passionate about. It was an honour and a privilege to meet Sir Harold and to learn more about the war from his first-hand experience.”
click here to see the PDF copy of the published feature that First News kindly shared with us.
Hannah Greenfield, Production Co-ordinator at First News, comments: “Seraphina showed real potential as a budding young journalist. She was bright, inquisitive and engaged throughout the interview, constantly asking questions and responding to Sir Atcherley. First News were delighted with the end result."