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Dorothy and the Tinman visit Kumon Frome to support their creative writing sessions

DOROTHY was back in Frome recently, where she met up with the Tin man on Palmer Street!

As part of this year’s Frome Festival, the Frome Times, Kumon Frome Study Centre and Absolutely Fabulous Costume Hire are inviting people to register to attempt to break the world record for the ‘Greatest Number of People Dressed as Characters from the Wizard of Oz’. The record will take place on Sunday 13th July, to beat the current record of 446 people.

On Tuesday 18th February the Frome Kumon Study Centre hosted a creative writing session around the theme of the Wizard of Oz. The session was run by local author, David Gatward, who worked with the children to plan out their story. He then challenged the children to go home and write up their story by the end of March.

David said, “We had a fantastic time exploring the basic elements of the story, then travelled into the Wizard of Oz ourselves, creating new characters, villains and adventures! The children came up with some awesome ideas and I am really looking forward to reading the final stories.”

The younger children worked with Kumon instructor, Susan Gatward, listening to the story and then making a puppet theatre. Susan said, “We are loving working around the theme of the Wizard of Oz! It is a classic story that children of all ages can relate to. The children were busy working and discussing which character they were planning to dress up as for the World Record Attempt in July.”

David added, “I am delighted to support Frome’s World Record attempt and encourage a love of reading at the same time. Myself and my two sons are signed up and looking forward to dressing up as lions on the big day!”

David is offering free visits to all local schools to promote the event and inspire reading in Frome.

To be part of Frome’s history register today by visiting www.funtodressup You can also pick up registration forms from Kumon in Palmer Street, Absolutely Fabulous in Bath Street, or Hunting Raven on Cheap Street. There is a £1 registration fee, but all proceeds will be used to buy books for participating schools.