‘Fantastic’ fun for youngsters

The Richmond School pupils with Hildreds deputy manager Steve Andrews, teachers and staff from WH Smith and Frankie & Benny's.
The Richmond School pupils with Hildreds deputy manager Steve Andrews, teachers and staff from WH Smith and Frankie & Benny's.
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WORLD Book Day was celebrated in style by primary school pupils who enjoyed a book store tour and a special viewing of a Fantastic Mr Fox display.

Pupils at the Richmond School, Skegness, visited the Hildreds Centre on Friday as part of their activities themed around the annual celebration of reading.

Class teacher Rebecca Sylvester said the children thoroughly enjoyed their excursion, which she hopes will inspire them to read more and reap the rewards it offers in other areas of personal development.

“I think it opens up a lot of avenues for children,” she explained.

“It helps, not only in terms of reading, but also their writing and general life skills.”

WH Smiths hosted a group reading session before taking the pupils on a tour around the store during which they asked questions about the book industry.

They learned that Jacqueline Wilson was the most popular children’s author and that local novelist Margaret Dickinson was the most read adult writer.

They then received a free goody bag containing treats, an activity book and a World Book Day book.

Deputy manager at the Hildreds Steve Andrews had created a special Fantastic Mr Fox display, which the children gathered around with World Book Day sponsors Frankie and Benny’s mascot Sketch the dog.