Dove design picked for Redbridge Peace Monument

An Ilford pupil is the first to have her design chosen to be included in the Redbridge Peace Monument.

Yasmin Nwofor, of SS Peter and Paul’s Catholic Primary School, Gordon Road, Ilford, was recognised at the school on Friday for her artwork focusing on a dove.

The East Ilford Betterment Partnership (EIBP) are looking for designs from young people in Redbridge.

Their pictures will be turned into mosaics for inclusion in the base of the monument at the junction of Winston Way and Riches Road.

The monument commemorates victims of violent crime in the borough.

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Ms Nwofor was handed a trophy donated by the British Pakistani Christian Association honouring Shahbaz Bhatti, the Pakistani minorities minister.

He was shot dead in Pakistan last March.

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Wilson Chowdhry, EIBP’s chair, said: “We are seeking another nine designs and we hope to launch a borough-wide scheme with other schools.

“Mr Bhatti was a great humanitarian who spoke of peace and inter-faith harmony and that is what we are trying to do with the monument.”

A quote from Mr Bhatti is also to be included in the monument’s base.

Ms Nwofor was praised by her headteacher James Johnson and met Danny O’Brien, of Seven Kings, an anti-knife crime campaigner, and the monument’s designer, Gary Drostle.

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