CHILDREN from Chernobyl got a taste of life in south Essex on a visit to their British counterparts.

Mayflower High School, Billericay, welcomed the Ukranian children to join its pupils for the day in some of its classes.

They sat in on a cookery class, explaining their cuisine to the British children and hearing the kind of things they like to eat.

The visit was organised by the Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline charity, which supports children affected by the 1986 nuclear disaster.

The charity brings child victims of the disaster to the UK for recuperative breaks.

An explosion and fire at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant released radioactive waste into the atmosphere.