THERE was plenty of mischief and mayhem at Sharples School when children and staff celebrated the birthday of the much loved children’s author Roald Dahl.

The secondary school marked Roald Dahl Day, which takes place on the birthday of the late author, by bringing his mischievous characters to life.

This year the theme of the national day was mischief and mayhem, celebrating all the mischievous characters that filled his books — from the Witches to Matilda.

Those who attended class on the day included Willy Wonka from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; the child-hating Witches and many other weird and wonderful characters loved and remembered by generations of children.

Some revolting recipes were created in food technology, songs were written in music and there was even a small production of Matilda as a musical.

Drama classes were based around Dahl’s novels with pupils doing improvisation work, while in art, young people drew their own illustrations to complement the stories.

In English lessons, work was linked to the Big Friendly Giant, James and the Giant Peach, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Headteacher Rachel Quesnel said: “This was a tremendous effort by all staff and pupils — there was so much creativity behind all of the activities that took place.

“I'm really pleased that the day went so well. Everyone had a great deal of fun learning more about Roald Dahl and his work."