Colourful characters celebrate World Book Day

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Harry Potter, Gandalf and Dorothy were just some of the colourful characters spotted in the Calder Valley last week as schools across the area got into the spirit of World Book Day.

Staff and pupils at schools and nurseries around Todmorden and Hebden Bridge dressed as their favourite fictional characters to celebrate the annual event.

St Joseph’s RC Primary School in Todmorden was among those who got involved. Staff and children donned fancy dress costumes in honour of their favourite literary heroes.

Youngsters in key stage two went into the foundation stage and key stage one classes and read stories to small groups of children.

Teacher Catherine Ogden said: “It was an enjoyable experience for both the older and the younger children.”

Youngsters at Castle Hill Primary School in Todmorden also got involved in the fun, with costumes ranging from Paddington Bear, the Scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz and an Oompa Loompa from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Cragg Vale Junior and Infant School was not to be outdone, with the whole school joining in with the event and raising money for charity.

Headteacher Kate Shepherd said: “Children donated £1 each to dress up as their favourite book characters and brought a book to share with the rest of the school. The money raised is for Book Aid International, a charity which helps promote and support reading in Africa. Pupils also took part in a Great Big World Book Day Quiz in house teams.”