Adventures of Peter Rabbit brought to life

POTTER FANS: Ella and Tilly Gruby with Jemima Puddle-Duck
POTTER FANS: Ella and Tilly Gruby with Jemima Puddle-Duck
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Nearly 500 people immersed themselves in the stories of Beatrix Potter as Melford Hall held a special afternoon in honour of the famous children’s author.

Children took part in colouring competitions, explored the Peter Rabbit garden trail and enjoyed readings from the author’s books on Friday.

Josephine Water, house and services manager at the hall in Long Melford, said the event, which is held annually, had been a roaring success.

“It was superb, everyone had lots of fun and it was a really busy day,” she said.

“We had just under 500 people attend and the numbers were slightly up on last year.”

The hall, which is home to the Hyde Parker family, was regularly visited by Miss Potter.

Ther author was the cousin of Ethel, Lady Hyde Parker, grandmother of Sir Richard Hyde Parker, the present Baronet, and painted a series of watercolours of the house.

During her stays Miss Potter slept in the West Bedroom. The duck pond which features in The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck is said to have been inspired by Melford Hall.

“The children loved the stories and the model Jemima Puddle-Duck we have on display, which was a gift from Beatrix Potter to the Hyde Parker children,” said Mrs Water.