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Wanstead Flats fire: Primary school children write letters to thank firefighters and officers

PUBLISHED: 11:22 17 July 2018 | UPDATED: 11:22 17 July 2018

Aldersbrook Primary School pupils thank firefighters and police officers who responded to the major fire in Wanstead Flats on July 15, 2018. Photo: Carly Eley

Aldersbrook Primary School pupils thank firefighters and police officers who responded to the major fire in Wanstead Flats on July 15, 2018. Photo: Carly Eley

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Primary school children have thanked the hundreds of firefighters and police officers who battled a major blaze in the grasslands of Wanstead Flats - London's biggest ever grass fire.

Aldersbrook Primary School pupils thank firefighters and police officers who responded to the major fire in Wanstead Flats on July 15, 2018. Photo: Carly Eley Aldersbrook Primary School pupils thank firefighters and police officers who responded to the major fire in Wanstead Flats on July 15, 2018. Photo: Carly Eley

Pupils from Aldersbrook Primary School, in Harpenden Road, wrote letters to thank the emergency services for keeping them safe and putting out the fire which broke out on Sunday, July 15.

They also drew pictures depicting the dramatic blaze which covered more than 100 hectares of grass at its height.

Merryn McKenna, five, from class RN, and Gabriella Eley, eight, from class 3B, presented the letters to a surprised Sgt Brown and Pc Hopkins, who said they would deliver them to the control centre.

Reception teacher Carly Eley said: “Many of the school children live very close to the affected area and some were evacuated.

“They wanted to show their gratitude to our emergency services for their hard work, and really enjoyed writing the letters.

The school remains open despite road closures in the surrounding area.

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