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Fairytale and Ladybird classic Rumpelstiltskin has been chosen as the theme for a new Book Bench at the Loogabarooga Festival.

Fairytale and Ladybird classic Rumpelstiltskin has been chosen as the theme for a new Book Bench at the Loogabarooga Festival.

The festival, which celebrates children’s illustrated literature, is returning to Loughborough for a second year in October and will once again feature a series of unique, hand-made benches around town.

Members of the public were asked to vote in an online poll to choose a new theme for the benches which are all based on Ladybird books.

Councillor Hilary Fryer, Cabinet Member for Leisure at Charnwood Borough Council which organises the festival, said: “The Book Benches were a hit with visitors and residents alike last year and I am glad we are adding another one for the festival in October.

“They are bright and colourful and I can’t wait to see how Rumpelstiltskin is transformed into another eye-catching Book Bench.”

The public made their choice by voting at www.loogabarooga.com and the new Book Bench will now be created.

The benches, which will be on display during the festival and in the run-up to it as well, already cover artwork of some of the nation’s favourite Ladybird children’s stories including Shopping with Mother, Cinderella and Bunnikins.

The Loogabarooga Festival of Children’s Illustrated Literature opens on October 19 and runs until October 24.

This year’s programme will include free creative drop-in workshops, storytelling sessions, advice on how to write and illustrate your own book, and appearances from some of the nation’s favourite children’s authors and illustrators.

These events will be held at various venues in Loughborough including Loughborough Town Hall, Charnwood Museum, Carillon Court and businesses throughout the town.

A full programme of events will be available soon. Please visit www.loogabarooga.com or follow @loogabarooga16 on Twitter or visit the Facebook page www.facebook.com/loogabarooga