BAXTER College pupils celebrated the opening of the school's new library with a visit from a former pupil who is now a professional writer.

Roddy Brooks visited the school and helped to celebrate by reading extracts from his new fantasy novel, The Journey, to year seven students.

He also told them about his own life story from being a pupil at Harry Cheshire in the 1970s, followed by a career in journalism, to his current life in Yorkshire as a children’s fiction writer.

The students were then able to offer Mr Brooks their own evaluations of his story and ten year sevens were selected to receive a free signed copy of his new book.

Mr Brooks also performed the official library opening by cutting the ribbon and welcoming year sevens into his writing workshops.

Veronica John, Baxter’s library manager, said: "After several weeks of disruption, it was fantastic to see the children enjoying and making use of their new library.”

Mr Brooks promised to return later in the year and award more prizes for his own story-writing competition.