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Children sing wartime classics in rousing end to First World War centenary schools project

12:30 08 July 2014

School pupils performed a concert to celebrate the culmination of First World War project at St John

School pupils performed a concert to celebrate the culmination of First World War project at St John's Hampstead. Children from participating schools were joined on stage by project co-ordinators from the Hampstead Players. Picture: Hampstead

Polly Hancock

Schoolchildren waved Union flags as they took a church congregation back 100 years to the start of the First World War with a centenary variety show.

Pupils from four Hampstead primary schools sung wartime classics, read out poems and played musical instruments at The Parish Church of St John-at-Hampstead in Church Row on Friday.

The concert marked the end of a project to get children from Hampstead Parochial, Christ Church, New End and South Hampstead Junior schools to imagine community life in Hampstead in 1914. The Community@War schools project was run by members of the church congregation.

Co-organiser Marilyn Brooks said: “We thought it would be nice to bring all the children together to see what other schools have done.”

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