Dressing up to mark World Book Day

Left to right - Louise Tutte, Ros Gardener, Susan Johnson.
Left to right - Louise Tutte, Ros Gardener, Susan Johnson.

Young and old dressed up as their favourite characters from books to mark a special event.

Hundreds of borough schoolchildren celebrated World Book Day last Thursday by attending school dressed as their favourite hero or villain from books.

And it was not just children who took part, some adults from charities also marked the occasion.

Hadrian Park Primary School, in Wallsend, handed out prizes to each of the class winners in the ‘best dressed child award’.

Harriet Marshall-Waddle, of Whitley Bay, took second place in Newcastle High School for Girls ‘Bake a Book’ competition to mark World Book Day.

Pupils at the school also dressed up for the day, with Harriet impressing the judges with her Harry Potter themed cake.

In second place was Harriet Marshall-Waddle from Whitley Bay with her fabulous Harry Potter themed cake.

English teacher and Head of Year 7 Kay Thew said: “World Book Day is a wonderful way to endorse the message about the importance of reading. Reading develops empathy and compassion, tickles the imagination and teaches values.”

Staff at St Oswald’s Hospice’s Whitley Bay book shop hosted a week of special offers and fancy dress.

All items sold at the shop raise vital funds for St Oswald’s Hospice, based in Gosforth.

Volunteer Ros Gardener said: “Dressing up each day has been a good laugh. Our customers are used to us being a bit wacky, but we’ve still managed to give them a chuckle.”