Soap stars were out in force in Bolton over the weekend as they shared their love of reading with families.

Visitors to Open Air Bounce found themselves doing double takes after spotting famous faces at the Over Hulton attraction.

Albert's Bookshelf held its Summer Festival for 2024 on Sunday at the family attraction.

The festival brought together the intrigue of reading and the sheer fun of the inflatable park, with foam parties, children's stories being read by celebrities and more. 

Albert's Bookshelf was founded by Emmerdale actor Danny Miller, who plays Aaron Dingle, and Capital Radio DJ Nigel 'Wingman' Clucas. 

Danny reads out some of the nation's favourite children's books, with it being recorded and put out every Friday on streaming platforms. 

On the weekend they took the format from the airwaves and brought it to life, with live readings from Danny amidst the inflatables of Open Air Bounce. 

Nigel Clucas and Danny Miller of Albert's BookshelfNigel Clucas and Danny Miller of Albert's Bookshelf (Image: Newsquest)

Also appearing were Jacob Mitchell, aka MC Grammar, rapping books to children, and Corrie stars Lucy Fallon and Brooke Vincent for meet and greets. 

Nigel said: "The best thing is we have now done it, people have experienced it and have had a lot of fun. 

"Everyone has said they've had the best time." 

Danny added: "We had a big group in the morning who paid to stay for the second session." 

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He spoke about how Albert's Bookshelf got started, explaining: "I asked Nigel to help me with a few of the audio books, I recorded a few bedtime stories and he was very complimentary about how it sounded." 

Nigel said: "I said it would be a real shame for other families not to enjoy this." 

Danny said: "We are trying to get books back in front of the kids. We want to bring that communication back to kids rather than shows, which are not necessarily teaching them anything. 

"Hopefully we are encouraging them to use their imagination.

"It is also about getting them to enjoy some of the best children's books available in this country, the English language is one of the best." 

The Saturday session could not go ahead due to the weather, but Danny and Nigel have said that it will be rebooked for September. 

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MC Grammar was a firm favourite on the day, as he rapped classic books such as 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' and 'The Gruffalo' to an adoring crowd. 

Dad, Stuart Stuckey, said: "It has been great, fantastic, especially for the kids. 

"They love MC Grammar. He is a big reason but we also like what the lads are doing, with the books and reading. 

"The lads have enjoyed it." 

His son said "yes" when asked if he was enjoying himself. 

Another parent said: "It has been amazing, really good. The kids love MC Grammar."