Wisbech’s famous folk celebrated in capital day out

Pupils from a Wisbech school have helped commemorate the lives of two of the town's most celebrated citizens at a series of events in London.

Four year-six pupils at Magdalene House preparatory school joined other school children and members of the Octavia Hill Society on Tuesday to visit the capital.

Their first destination was Westminster Abbey to lay flowers at the memorial to Thomas Clarkson, former Wisbech Grammar School pupil, in the North Quire Aisle.

The group also gave thanks for his determination and courage in working towards the abolition of slavery and attended a service of evensong at the Abbey.

During the day the boys and girls also visited Octavia Hill's Red Cross Garden, established by the Wisbech-born co-founder of the National Trust to bring beauty and fresh air to 'the tired inhabitants of Southwark'.

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The children planted a rose bush named after her before lunch at the terrace of the House of Lords with the British social housing leader, Lord Best, and hearing about the Our Place project, which aims to recruit 100 schools to commemorate the 2012 centenary of Octavia Hill's death.

Catherine Missin, aged 10, said: 'The best part was visiting the House of Lords and having tea on the terrace.'

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