Bringing books to life

Teacher Chris Walsh with Freddie Greenwood as Oompa Loompas. Below - Some of the winners.
Teacher Chris Walsh with Freddie Greenwood as Oompa Loompas. Below - Some of the winners.
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FICTION came to life for school pupils celebrating a literacy fair.

The children at St John Vianney Primary School, Blackpool, dressed up as a colourful array of book characters to celebrate their annual book fair.

Children and teachers from St John Vianney's primary school dress up as their favourite book characters.  Pictured are teachers Tessa Gregson and Chris Walsh with some of the children.

Children and teachers from St John Vianney's primary school dress up as their favourite book characters. Pictured are teachers Tessa Gregson and Chris Walsh with some of the children.

Teachers even joined in with the fun too, with Cinderella and an Oompa Loompa leading their Year Four and Year One classes in reading games on Friday.

Tessa Gregson, Year Four teacher and organiser of the event, said: “It was a brilliant day and the children made a fantastic effort. They’ve got a real enthusiasm for reading so came up with some great characters.”

There were three winners of a fancy dress competition.

Five-year-old Thomas Whittaker amused his classmates as he dressed up as Mr Strong to win a prize. Harrison Smith, six, dressed as Harry, from Harry and the Bucket of Dinosaurs, to win the prize for infants while Joshua Baird, 10, dressed as Elvoe, from Eragon’s Guide to Alagaesia, won for the juniors.

The school’s book fair, which runs until Tuesday, has already sold £240 of books, the proceeds from which will help to buy new books for the school on Glastonbury Avenue.