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Tours mark 150 years of blue plaques in London

Guided walk visiting Blue Plaques
Image caption Blue plaques mark the places where famous people lived or worked in the city

Special walking tours have been taking place in London to mark 150 years of the blue plaques scheme.

English Heritage ran the guided walks over the weekend for people interested in more than 900 plaques in the city.

The tours reveal the stories behind the famous residents of Piccadilly, Hampstead and Belgravia, including Mary Shelley, Ian Fleming and Mozart.

The first plaque was installed in 1866 in tribute to the poet Lord Byron, and more are planned for this year.

They will be created for celebrated names including comedian Tommy Cooper at his home in Chiswick; Laurie Cunningham, one of the first black footballers to play for England, and rock star Freddie Mercury.

Prof Ronald Hutton, chairman of the English Heritage blue plaques panel, said: "Since 1866, these modest but distinctive blue roundels have reminded us of the people and places that made history."

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