Schoolchildren dressed as David Bowie and Queen Victoria as part of a day of learning about the capital's history.

Joanne McCartney, London’s Deputy Mayor for Education and Childcare, visited Leyton Primary school to celebrate London History Schools Day on Friday.

She was joined by Cllr Grace Williams, Waltham Forest Council's cabinet member for children, young people and families, for a series of activities run by the Museum of London.

Children encouraged to dress up as a wide range of inspiring Londoners, such as David Bowie, Bernie Grant MP and suffragette Millicent Fawcett.

They also attended an assembly to learn about previous generations of Londoners through personal objects including old theatre tickets, books and stuffed animals.

Ms McCartney, who judged the competition for the best dressed Londoner, said: “London History Schools Day is a wonderful way to inspire our young people to learn about the rich heritage of our city.

"It's important that we all celebrate London's amazing history, people and places, and I am very impressed with how the pupils at Willow Brook Primary School have embraced the spirit of the day.”

Head teacher Graham Clifford said: “Willow Brook Primary School loves London History Day. It is an opportunity to dress-up, have fun and celebrate being Londoners!

"It is such a treat to see Reception pupils dressed as Queen Victorias, David Bowies, Henry VIIIs and of course suffragettes, politicians and artists. And then all the teachers and support staff wow us with their costumes!

"London History Day is the most wonderful opportunity to remind our entire community of our shared history and come together to celebrate London. This event has become a proud tradition of the school which we all look forward to.”

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