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Bexley MPs back summer reading challenge celebrating Sidcup illustrator

PUBLISHED: 09:27 18 July 2016 | UPDATED: 09:27 18 July 2016

Teresa Pearce MP for Erith and Thamesmead

Teresa Pearce MP for Erith and Thamesmead

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Teresa Pearce and David Evennett have voiced their support

David Evennett MP for Bexleyheath and CrayfordDavid Evennett MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford

As Bexley’s schoolchildren look forward to their summer holidays, many will be looking forward to this year’s summer reading challenge.

This year the challenge, together with the Roald Dahl Literary Estate, is celebrating some of Roald Dahl’s best-loved characters.

It will also look at the artwork of the author’s principal illustrator, Sidcup’s Sir Quentin Blake.

Teresa Pearce, MP for Erith and Thamesmead voiced her support for the initiative.

The Labour MP said: “I hope parents, grandparents and carers in Erith and Thamesmead will take their children to the library over the summer to sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge. It’s free, inclusive and most importantly, makes reading fun.

Last year nearly 4,400 children took part across Bexley.

And Mrs Pearce was hopeful that number could increase.

She said: “I hope we can increase that number this year and remind local libraries what a valuable asset they are to us and our community.”

Conservative MP David Evennett visited Bexleyheath Central Library last week for the launch of the competition.

The Bexleyheath and Crayford MP said: “I am delighted to visit the library today to donate some books to this fantastic campaign.

“It was also great to see the children so engaged with the project, I hope they take part over the summer.”

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