Children mark World Book Day in shopping centres

Young and old mark World Book Day at The Beacon shopping centre.
Young and old mark World Book Day at The Beacon shopping centre.
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Youngsters were treated to a fun-filled story time at two North Tyneside shopping centres.

The Beacon and The Forum shopping centres marked World Book Day with an afternoon of favourite tales and face-painting.

Wallsend speech tutor Carly Simpson read books at The Forum while a storyteller from North Shields Library was at The Beacon.

Children also dressed up as their favourite book characters to mark the global occasion.

Two-year-old Sofia Magee, who dressed up as Mr Tumble, won a stack of children’s books for being the best-dressed child at The Forum, while all children won a book each at The Beacon.

In addition, the activity was accompanied by a Facebook competition hosted by both centres to encourage reading amongst their local communities.

Two lucky winners, James Cossey from North Shields and Penny Blackburn from Wallsend have both won £30 Amazon vouchers from each centre to purchase books of their choice.

David Menzies, centre manager at The Beacon Shopping Centre, said: “It was great to see children take part and enjoy listening to their favourite stories on World Book Day.

“We take pride in our commitment to the local community and spreading the joy of reading is one of many ways in which we hope to contribute to the learning and development of children.”

Nick Lambert, centre manager, the Forum Shopping Centre, said: “We were extremely pleased to see children dressed up as popular book characters and use this occasion to show their love of reading and books.

“At The Forum, we continuously look for different ways to engage the community, and we are proud to have played a role in inspiring local children to read.”