Your amazing World Book Day pictures

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Matthew and Samuel Avery tL4v7GDuSEaZhD4mm3Xn

Children from schools across Hastings dressed up as their favourite fictional characters to celebrate World Book Day last Thursday.

Dozens of you responded to our request to share your pictures and we were amazed at the stunning and imaginative costumes.

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Marabelle Burgess as The Mad Hatter WKE-onuMUVYn-koW8zJ1

The popular event, which encourages reading and love of books, was first held in 1995.

It is supported by publishers, National Book Tokens Ltd and literacy partnerships. All children taking part receive a book token on the day.

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Finlay and Bonnie as Phileas Fogg and Hermione Granger oivI6AjQBJLvLYhqaRoS

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Willow as Snow White s8chtSxXZnf8GA7gnAjE

Dudley Infant Academy was visited by the Asda community champion

Dudley Infant Academy was visited by the Asda community champion

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Shea as the wood cutter from Little Red Riding Hood vjkLoc93Q-_Z7x_2TqMY

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Riley Clarkson as Wally wk3g8YVwhWSPN8sH4Kk2

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Olivia as Little Red Riding Hood zCe5oUoe247hUllM0ocl

Lacey and Brook

Lacey and Brook

Henley Wing as a Minion

Henley Wing as a Minion