Celebrated author is honoured

Stort time ... Children hear tales written by Beatrix Potter in the hall that inspired some of her books.
Stort time ... Children hear tales written by Beatrix Potter in the hall that inspired some of her books.

YOUNGSTERS descended upon a Suffolk stately home to help celebrate one of the nation’s best-loved children’s writers.

Melford Hall in Long Melford held an afternoon of activities in honour of Beatrix Potter on Friday.

The hall, which is home to the Hyde Parker family, was often visited by Beatrix during her lifetime, as she was the cousin to the grandmother of the present Baronet, Sir Richard Hyde Parker.

It is believed she would often be seen sketching in the house and took inspiration for a number of her books from the surroundings.

On Friday, activities included storytelling, drawing competitions and tours through the grounds. There was also the chance to search the house for the original Jemima Puddleduck toy.

House manager Josephine Walters said: “It was a lovely day and a good celebration of Beatrix Potter, who regularly visited and was very fond of the hall.”