CHILDREN were in chocolate heaven as they took part in a Roald Dahl-themed World Book Day.

The children at Cherry Tree Primary School in Colchester were treated to sweets and a chocolate fountain at a special themed lunch - based on the famous book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Each class was given a different Roald Dahl favourite to base their costume on, including the Big Friendly Giant.

At lunchtime children, their parents and other special guests went into the decorated hall to enjoy a whole host of special chocolatey treats.

James Gough, headteacher, said there were concerns the day would not go ahead again due to bad weather but the school managed to rearrange its plans.

He said: “Despite the snow disrupting Cherry Tree Academy’s original plans for World Book Day celebrations, we did not abandon it and the postponed World Book Day was a great success.

“All the staff at Cherry Tree Academy agreed it was wonderful to see the effort and enthusiasm all the children put into their Roald Dahl themed costumes and activities.

“The children had lots of fun, with the real chocolate fountain being a particular hit.

“It was a great day that resulted in the children feeling even more enthusiastic about reading for enjoyment as a result.”