DOZENS of youngsters celebrated the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland by having their own Mad Hatter's Tea Party.

The party, which was attended by 140 children, took place at King's Church in Breightmet and featured a range of activities based on the animated film version of the classic Lewis Carroll novel.

Youngsters from as far and wide as Warrington and Wigan attended the event, which was organised by Giants Kids Ministry.

Laura Platt, who is children's pastor at Kings Church and works for Giants, oversaw the running of the event.

She said: "The turnout was fantastic. We didn't realise it would be so popular — we asked children at our Sunday services to tell their friends about the party and one girl told her whole class.

"The volunteers absolutely loved it — some of us took days of work just to be there.

"We also wanted to show children the love of Jesus — we taught them a memory verse from The Bible and they made their own verses to take home."

As part of the event, there was a competition for the best hat.

The winning five children all received cinema vouchers.