Soldiers share love of reading with primary school pupils on World Book Day

Lewis Dales and Chloe Wilkins with pupils at Leyburn Primary School.

Soldiers from Catterick Garrison helped pupils at Leyburn Primary School celebrate World Book Day today.

Five soldiers from 400 Troop Royal Logistics Corps, based at the Infantry Training Centre, spent the morning with pupils across the school.

The visit was organised by Private Lewis Dales, son of the school’s early years leader Corie Dales.

Lewis said: “We came in to read to the younger children and listen to the older pupils read to us.

“We wanted to highlight that we too love reading.

“A lot of the children may not have met a soldier in person before and just seen them on TV. This is an opportunity to show the children to meet us and find out that there’s nothing to be scared of.”

The other soldiers taking part in the visit were Chloe Wilkins, Andrew Smailes, Carl Hornbrook and Brendan Sarjantson.

Corie added: “They wanted to work with the community but outside of Catterick Garrison so that children with less experience of the military could experience a different perspective ion service personell.

“We thought that World Book day, when everyone is dressed up, and things are more informal would be a good time to do that.”