Schoolgirls recreate historic photograph

Girls from Ipswich School recreate the boys' cricket team's poses from 1916 Credit: Ipswich School.

Students from a Suffolk school have recreated a historic cricket team photograph from almost 100 years ago to help encourage girls to take up sport.

The year nine pupils, at Ipswich School, donned blazers and caps borrowed from the archives to re-enact the unsmiling poses of the boys' 1916 team.

The original photograph, taken at the height of the first world war, is part of Ipswich School's virtual exhibition to commemorate the centenary of the start of the hostilities.

Head of crick Andrew Golding said he hoped the new version of the image would encourage more girls to take up sport.

He said: “With the success of the England women’s cricket team winning the Ashes in Australia, we wanted to give girls the opportunity to have a go at cricket."

A free taster session will take place at the school on Saturday from 9.30am to 12.30pm and is open to girls aged 10 to 14.

"We hope the success of the England women will inspire young girls from across East Anglia to join this great team sport,” said Mr Golding.

The original photograph from 1916. Credit: Ipswich School.