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Panel discussion with local school children

John Barnes, Howard Gayle and Tony Lloyd at Black History Month event at International Slavery Museum

Last week we were delighted to have both John Barnes and Howard Gayle join a question and answer session with local school children at the International Slavery Museum

The event was arranged by Kick It Out as part of Black History Month.

Excited gasps and hurried whispers came from the children when John Barnes entered the room. Despite them all being too young to actually remember John's amazing career with Liverpool FC the children were clearly still aware they were in the presence of a legend and quickly crowded both him and Howard (Liverpool's first black player) for autographs.

The two footballers were also joined by Tony Lloyd from the Anthony Walker Foundation in the discussion.

The children were keen to find out who their early influences had been, what they had wanted to be when the were young and to hear more from the footballers about their fondest memories of playing for Liverpool. They were captivated by the personal and often poignant responses from all three.

To mark the end of a fantastic Black History Month a free Strictly Come Dancing with the Jiving Lindy Hoppers event is being held at the museum tomorrow.