Furness schools embraced the whizz-poppingly splendid traditions of Roald Dahl this week in order to celebrate what would have been the author's 100th birthday.

Schools such as St George's in Barrow, St Peter's in Ireleth and Windermere School, were full to bursting with some gloriumptious human beans who put in a great effort.

Characters from the beloved books were brought to life by teachers and pupils alike and no matter what their age, everyone had a favourite book or moment from Dahl's scrumdiddlyumptious collection.


English co-ordinator at St George's, School Street, Barrow, Laura Thompson, said: "The children have been really taken with stories such as Danny Champion of the World and The BFG, which we have been reading over the last few weeks in class.

"Parents have made a brilliant effort with costumes for the children and the teachers have gone the extra mile too! Our new headteacher Mr Herbert came in dressed as Mr Twit, who is always a favourite character with the children.

"We have also had a recital of the Revolting Rhymes in assembly today and all the children have designed their own BFG inspired dream."

At Windermere School on Patterdale Road, the pre-school and reception classes have been reading George's Marvellous Medicine with their teacher Andy Bond, who dressed up as Augustus Gloop for the school's Dahlicious dress up day.

Head mistress of Elleray at Windermere School, Rachael Thomas, said: "The older children have been reading the BFG, we have been running a drawing competition and raising as much money as possible for the Roald Dahl Charity, which helps seriously-ill children and their families."

All of the human beans looked absolutely whoopsy-splunkers and crowd pleasers such as Miss Trunchbull, the giant peach, Violet Beauregarde, Oompa Lumpas, Willy Wonka, Fantastic Mr Fox, The BFG, the Roly Poly Bird, the Twits and Veruca Salt were in attendance.


At Windermere School, Hector Westmoreland-Nicholson, 10, said: "I have dressed up as my favourite character Fantastic Mr Fox. I feel like I can really relate to him and the book is a bit like the story of my life!"

Olivia Cooper, 8, said: "I have dressed up as Sophie from the BFG. I went to see the new BFG film earlier this year and it's my favourite because it is an imagination story."


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Your Roald Dahl Factfile

1. Roald Dahl created more than 250 new words and many of them appear in the BFG.

2. Dahl often based his characters on people he had met in real life. He said that the grandmother in The Witches was inspired by his own mother, Sofie.

3. James and the Giant Peach was originally going to be called James and the Giant Cherry.

4. His parents were both Norwegian.

5. In 1939, Roald Dahl became a lieutenant in the King’s African Rifles and later that year, he joined the Royal Air Force as a fighter pilot.

6. Roald Dahl was extremely tall, about 6' 6".

7. He wrote may of his books in a shed in his garden, sitting on an old battered armchair.

8. The Twits can be read as a campaign against beards, which Dahl disliked. It becomes more apparent when you take in to account that the first line reads: "What a lot of hairy-faced men there are around nowadays!"