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Birthplace of David Beckham becomes London's first Borough of Culture

The east London birthplace of David Beckham and 90s boy band East 17 today became the capital’s first Borough of Culture.

David Beckham Credit: PA

Labour-controlled Waltham Forest was awarded the title and a prize of £1.35m funding after a contest run by London mayor Sadiq Khan.

Brian Harvey, from boy band East 17 Credit: PA

Waltham Forest, which includes Leyton, Walthamstow and Chingford, will assume the mantle of London Borough of Culture in 2019.

Another Labour borough, Brent, in north west London, will take over in 2020.

Damon Albarn, Blur/Gorillaz Credit: PA

Waltham Forest’s plans include a ‘waist high carpet of light molecules’ on Walthamstow Marshes and a celebration of Pakistani fashion.

The bid was backed by Blur’s Damon Albarn, photographer David Bailey and singer Fleur East.

The competition, inspired by the UK City and European Capital of Culture schemes, attracted entries from 22 of London’s 32 boroughs.

We’ve seen in the bids that have been submitted the brilliant ambition of boroughs across our city to deliver real change in their local areas through the transformative power of culture.

– SADIQ KHAN, MAYOR OF LONDON

Waltham Forest’s culture lies in the hearts, hopes and dreams of our people. This award will transform lives and empower our people and our borough to even greater achievements.

– CLLR CLARE COGHILL, LEADER, WALTHAM FOREST COUNCIL