Worthing children turn polar in honour of Captain Scott

Oliver Batchelor marks the 100th anniversary of Captain Scott's journey to the south pole.
Oliver Batchelor marks the 100th anniversary of Captain Scott's journey to the south pole.
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AN amateur historian and his keen children re-enacted parts of Captain Scott’s journey to the South Pole to mark 100 years since the famous journey.

Wayne Batchelor, 41, and his children Oliver, 10 and Lucy, nine, took part in a series of activities to commemorate the explorer’s journey, including camping out in their back garden in Ardsheal Road, Worthing.

Wayne, who is a member of several historical re-enactment groups, first became interested in Scott’s story as a child after he read a Ladybird book about it.

He said: “I knew 2011-12 was the 100th anniversary, so I thought a fun way to teach my kids the story would be for them to get dressed up as Scott and his team and experience aspects of his life in Antarctica.”

Following Scott’s day-by-day diary, they camped out earlier this month to coincide with when Scott reached the South Pole on January 17.

Wayne made the children some replica costumes, complete with sledge harnesses and cooked up some of Scott’s favourite recipes.

Wayne’s son Oliver said: “Being an explorer in the future sounds fun but a bit scary.

“I loved camping out and can’t wait to do it again.

“The tent we used was a bit small inside but was very warm and cosy, especially as I was wearing a copy of Scott’s coat made from a warm wool blanket.”

Daughter Lucy, however, enjoyed different activities.

She said: “I liked the dressing up but I don’t think I like the idea of being an explorer, especially in the cold, but I’m hoping to do some sledge hauling using the harness on my clothes.”

The Natural History Museum is currently running a Scott exhibition which the family hope to visit.