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'World's largest poem' is kids' tribute to Stoke Newington's radical history

PUBLISHED: 09:49 20 June 2016 | UPDATED: 10:05 20 June 2016

Eastenders and Holby City actor, Paul Bradley at the launch of the poetry mural at William Patten School

Eastenders and Holby City actor, Paul Bradley at the launch of the poetry mural at William Patten School

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Kids' poems about Stoke Newington's radical history form part of a giant mural at William Patten Primary School.

The poetry mural at William Patten SchoolThe poetry mural at William Patten School

EastEnders actor Paul Bradley unveiled the artwork at the Church Street school on June 5.

Its design is inspired by faded “ghost signs” – Victorian ads painted onto the brickwork of old shops.

Sophy Rickett, who helped make it, said: “We think it might be the world’s largest poem, although it costs £1,000 to find out, apparently.

“The children’s participation has been central to the success of the whole project – from the history and writing workshops last autumn to the final launch this summer.

“We do hope the children understand this, and that they feel a sense of pride at having contributed to the history of their street in such an enduring, positive and inspiring way.”

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