Free ‘Henry’ is a hit with youngsters

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BOOK lovers were in for a treat during a free book giveaway in Scarborough’s town centre.

Staff from Scarborough Library gave out 300 copies of Horrid Henry by Francesca Simon in an hour – the quickest time ever for one of their regular giveaway events.

People were queuing up at the stall outside Poundland in Westborough to make sure they got their copy.

A library spokeswoman said: “It went really well, especially considering the weather wasn’t brilliant.

“People were really chuffed and we had some fantastic feedback. Everyone was really positive and supportive.”

The giveaway was part of the run-up to Scarborough Literature Festival, which will take place on April 14 to 17.

One of the guests will be the illustrator of Horrid Henry, Tony Ross, who is appearing at Scarborough Library on Friday April 15 at 1pm.

Tickets for Tony’s event are £1 for children and are available from Scarborough Tourist information Centre.

The spokeswoman added: “We had lots of new members join the library during the book giveaway.

“We were encouraging them to bring their Horrid Henry books along to the festival and get them autographed.”

The festival, entitled The Long Weekend, is now in its fifth year and has proved very popular in the past with many events selling out.

Go to www.scarboroughliteraturefestival.co.uk for more information.