Children from Overchurch Junior School in Upton celebrated the life of Chester-born railway engineer Thomas Brassey on Friday.

The school on Moreton Road, produced an assembly complete with poems and a play acted out by the children which was attended by Mayor of Wirral Cllr Peter Johnson.

The youngsters presented the mayor with pictures they had drawn which will now be placed on a bridge to commemorate Brassey, who is widely regarded as the greatest railway builder of all time.

While working as a land surveyor Brassey met George Stephenson. The two became friends and in 1834 Stephenson helped Brassey to obtain a contract to build a railway viaduct at Bromborough.