Pupils at Churchill Gardens Primary in Westminster were delighted by a special guest appearance at their World Book Day celebrations on Thursday 1 March.

Stamford the Lion joined pupils and staff who were dressed as book characters for the annual event. The Chelsea mascot visited all the classrooms to listen to children reading, telling stories and describing their favourite books.

London education manager Wendy Buddin said: 'It was magical to see the effect that Stamford had on pupils of all ages; they were thrilled to be able to read to him. The highlight for me was when one class told him the story of the three little pigs with all the actions and characters' voices.'

Stamford also brought Chelsea annuals, magazines and programmes for the school library and prizes for the World Book Day competitions.

Headteacher Jane Thomas said: 'Stamford made a real difference to our World Book Day celebrations, thank you so much to the Chelsea FC Foundation's education staff for making the day so special.'

World Book Day is a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and, most importantly, reading. It's the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.