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Pupils dress part for Dahl charity event

By Western Gazette - West Dorset  |  Posted: October 06, 2011

  • COLOURFUL COSTUMES: Teaching assistants Susannah Lloyd and Gary Marriott and teacher Clare Parsons pictured with Oak class at Neroche Primary School dressed up as characters from Roald Dahl books. Pictures by Laura Jones WGLJ20110930A

  • GRUESOME TWOSOME: Mr and Mrs Twit pay a visit to Neroche Primary School.

  • COSTUMED CAPERS: Youngsters from Buckland St Mary Primary School dress up as Roald Dahl characters to raise money for charity.

  • SEEING DOUBLE: Two Neroche Primary School pupils dress up as Matilda.

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PRIMARY school pupils enjoyed dressing up as Roald Dahl characters on Friday.

The costumed capers came about as part of the Dahlicious Dress Up Day, a national event open to all schools to raise money for Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity.

Neroche Primary School in Broadway and Buckland St Mary Primary School were among those taking part.

Mike Wiles, school administrator at Neroche, said: "The pupils have designed costumes for events like these in the past, the last time was a Wind in the Willows themed day, so they can be very creative."

Costumes included the Witches, Matilda, Mr and Mrs Twit, Miss Agatha Trunchbull and Miss Hunny.

Mr Wiles said: "It is an opportunity for the pupils to express their creativity. The Dahlicious Dress Up Day is a good idea and the pupils really put their hearts into it.

"Roald Dahl's work still seems to be as popular as ever."

Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity helps seriously ill children with neurological and blood disorders.

Mr Wiles said: "The charity helps pay for specialist nurses and equipment for seriously ill children. We get lots of requests from charities asking for support from schools and we have to make the tough decision as to which one we give our support to.

"This seemed a good thing to take part in. The school raised £135 which we think is pretty good."

Buckland St Mary teacher Rachael Auton, who dressed as Willy Wonka, added: "The children and parents made an amazing effort and every one had a peach of a day." The school raised £60.

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