Hazard tape and blacked out windows - school library opening has all the drama and suspense of a good story

Mayor of Great Yarmouth Borough, Kerry Robinson-Payne with some of the pupils at St Mary and St Pete

Mayor of Great Yarmouth Borough, Kerry Robinson-Payne with some of the pupils at St Mary and St Peter Primary School at Gorleston in their new library. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

Pupils flocked to a 'hidden' school library eager to plunder the newly-stocked shelves for their favourite stories.

Mayor of Great Yarmouth Borough, Kerry Robinson-Payne with some of the pupils at St Mary and St Pete

Mayor of Great Yarmouth Borough, Kerry Robinson-Payne with some of the pupils at St Mary and St Peter Primary School at Gorleston in their new library. From left, Fred Fawcett, Gemma Feludu, and Kiara Lopes-Guimares. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

Helped by a special guest - the mayor of Great Yarmouth Kerry Robinson-Payne - the wraps were finally off at St Mary and St Peter Catholic Primary School in Gorleston.

For the children it meant peeping through hazard tape and blacked-out windows to get their first glimpse of the new book area, created to promote a buzz around reading and containing all the drama and suspense of a good story.

English lead Sam Brackenbury said there were lots of audible gasps when the fruits of their library-loving labours were revealed on Tuesday.

The newly created space was a vast improvement on the previous area which was too small with a smaller selection of books.

Sara Stanley, children's philosophy consultant discusses a book called Don't Cross the Line with pup

Sara Stanley, children's philosophy consultant discusses a book called Don't Cross the Line with pupils at St Mary and St Peter Primary School at Gorleston in their new library. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017


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Now there was a bright new area, soon to be emblazoned with unique pledges created by the children with the help of a visiting artist.

Mr Brackenbury said the richer collection of texts was already being seized upon with excitement, even drawing in children they didn't think would respond with enthusiasm.

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He hailed the assistance of headteacher Victoria Long and Paula Bird, which helped to create the novel new space the whole school was proud of, allowing for whole class browsing and story-telling.

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Sara Stanley, children's philosophy consultant discusses a book called Don't Cross the Line with pup

Sara Stanley, children's philosophy consultant discusses a book called Don't Cross the Line with pupils at St Mary and St Peter Primary School at Gorleston in their new library. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

Pupils listen to a story at St Mary and St Peter Primary School at Gorleston in their new library. P

Pupils listen to a story at St Mary and St Peter Primary School at Gorleston in their new library. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

Mayor of Great Yarmouth Borough, Kerry Robinson-Payne, cuts the ribbon to open the new library at S

Mayor of Great Yarmouth Borough, Kerry Robinson-Payne, cuts the ribbon to open the new library at St Mary and St Peter Primary School at Gorleston, with some of the pupils and english leader, Sam Brackenbury. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

Sara Stanley, children's philosophy consultant discusses not crossing a line with pupils at St Mary

Sara Stanley, children's philosophy consultant discusses not crossing a line with pupils at St Mary and St Peter Primary School at Gorleston in their new library. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

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