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Young pupils at Pear Tree Primary School in Stapeley enjoyed their latest mystery reader when Nantwich Town Mayor arrived in his full regalia!

Cllr David Marren wore the Mayoral gold chain and robes as he read the story of “Nora, the child who ate and ate and ate…” to 4 and 5 year olds.

And the pupils were full of questions about the book and what it means to be a mayor of the town.

Reception teacher Lucy Newman said: “We have mystery readers coming into class during our Spring Term, it’s something that has proven to be very popular with parents and grandparents over the years.

“We have a timetable on our classroom door for people to sign up to it and then they come and read near to home time on a Tuesday or a Thursday.

“The idea is to sign up secretly and not let their child know.

“The reader turns up with a book of their choosing and all the children cover their eyes whilst the reader takes my seat and starts reading, then they open their eyes. The children love it.”

Cllr Marren added: “Having five grandchildren of my own aged 10, 7, 6, 4 and 3, I’ve collected lots of children’s books over the years and I know young children just love having stories read to them and I like reading to them.

“I also know children are fascinated by the lovely Mayoral gown and gold chain so when Lucy asked me to be the Mystery Reader I was delighted and pleased to do it.

“I hope I’ve helped in my own small way to encourage the children to want to learn to read and practice reading because it is just so important to their future potential.

“If any other school wants me to do anything similar, please get in touch with me as reading about Nora, Zog or the Pirates next door is such a great relief from some of the other material I have to read.”

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