The Gruffalo, Mary Poppins, and the Very Hungry Caterpillar are just a few of the storybook characters you may well have spotted around Salisbury today.

In celebration of World Book Day, children across the city dressed up as their favourite fictional characters.

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Proud parents shared with us photos of their children in extraordinarily creative costumes, as they showcased their love for literature.

World Book Day is an annual event which celebrates books and reading and has inspired generations of children to read for over 25 years, as part of the event children across the country are encouraged to dress up as their favourite characters from their favourite literature.

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