The school The Only Way Is Essex star Lydia Bright attended as she visits again decades later


Former TOWIE star Lydia Bright revisited her roots and returned to her old primary school in Woodford. Her visit to Wells Primary included a reading of her new book, ‘Mummy and Me’ , to Reception and Year 1 children, and a relay to raise funds for the NSPCC.

While strolling through the school halls, Lydia reminisced about her memories here, recalling the classrooms she had throughout the years. She hugged unexpected teachers she encountered along the way.

Lydia also held a Q&A with pupils, where she discussed being a mother, and revealed she was always interested in writing a book. A pupil asked: “What inspired you to be an author?”

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Lydia replied: “I’ve always been interested in writing; my favourite subject was English Literature. But I never had the time to do it. However, thanks to the inspiration I got from my daughter, here it is!”

Lydia spilled the tea on the inspiration for her new book
Lydia spilled the tea on the inspiration for her new book -Credit:EssexLive

The TOWIE star added that she wrote this book for her daughter, Loretta, and even included a dedication on the first page. She said: “In my family, it’s only me and her, and I wanted to show that it doesn’t matter the size of your family; what matters is that you’re loved!”

The book, ‘ Mummy and Me’ , focuses on the magical bond between a mother and her child. During the Q&A, Lydia also said she started writing the book when she was pregnant with Loretta, and it took her four years to finish it.

Lydia, who has also appeared on the Bear Grylls’ shows Celebrity Island and The Jump, later took part in the NSPCC Childhood Day Mile, where she walked a mile with the children to raise funds for the charity. They jumped, hopped, ran and even danced during the mile.

Lydia Bright joined Wells Primary pupils as they ran their hardest to raise funds for charity
Lydia Bright joined Wells Primary pupils as they ran their hardest to raise funds for charity -Credit:NSPCC

She said about the experience: “It feels very surreal to be back at my primary school, everything looks smaller than when I was younger! It’s been a magical and nostalgic experience, and it’s also amazing to be supporting the NSPCC cause.”

Lydia has recently been appointed as an NSPCC Ambassador for Childhood following her support of the charity over the last two years. Childhood Day takes place on Friday, June 7th with a number of primary schools across Essex and the rest of the UK taking part in fun and games, as well as fundraising for the charity.

The NSPCC is the leading children’s charity fighting to end child abuse in the UK and Channel Islands. Using voluntary donations, they help children who’ve been abused to rebuild their lives, protect children at risk, and find the best ways of preventing child abuse from ever happening.

Lydia is an NSPCC Ambassador for Childhood
Lydia is an NSPCC Ambassador for Childhood -Credit:EssexLive

Lydia said about being an ambassador for NSPCC: “My parents have been foster carers my whole life, so children’s charities are very important to me. I’ve seen first hand how many children are suffering in the UK. Sometimes we may think that neglect doesn’t happen on our doorstep, but it’s around us constantly.”