Tracy Beaker's creator in town

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A Kirkham school has scooped a visit from an internationally renowned author.

The multi-million-tome-selling Jacqueline Wilson, creator of Tracy Beaker, is visiting Carr Hill High School and Sixth Form next month.

And up to 300 youngsters will witness the spectacle as Carr Hill is the only Lancashire venue the author is visiting as part of a tour to promote her latest book Little Darlings.

Top secret plans have been under way for months to ensure the event could take place.

The school's learning resource centre manager Ann Monk said: "We are absolutely thrilled.

"Children love Jacqueline Wilson because they can really relate to the stories she writes, so for them to be able to sit and listen to her, as well as get the opportunity to meet her, is brilliant.

"A lot of children will leave with some very special memories from this event, and I am just so pleased we are able to offer something so unique at Carr Hill."

The author last visited the area in 2005 when hundreds of youngsters and parents queued along Preston's Church Street for a chance to see her.

This latest event, which is being held at 6.30pm on Friday March 19, has been organised with Kirkham's SilverDell Bookshop.

Owner Elaine Silverwood said: "I am so pleased we have organised this with Carr Hill. This is the second time Jacky will have visited Kirkham and to get her to visit the school is just amazing. This will be a really special event."

The visit is open to the general public to ensure as many youngsters from the local area get the chance to see her. She will talk to the crowd about Little Darlings and her other work, including Tracy Beaker, before signing copies.

Tickets cost 1 and are available from SilverDell Bookshop, Poulton Street, Kirkham. All money from the ticket sales will go to Brian House Children's Hospice, Blackpool.

For more details call SilverDell on 01772 683444.

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