Booklovers gathered for a marathon read of the storybook classic The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe on Sunday, November 30.

The Story Museum, Oxford, hosted the Reading Allowed event which saw seven readers take part, including celebrity chef Sophie Grigson.

Story Museum marketing officer Alex Coke said: “The event went really well, we had a steady stream of people and they really enjoyed it.

“It is a way of making books available to everyone for free.”

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Each reader read through a few chapters each, reading CS Lewis’ classic tale to the audience in the museum’s cafe.

Reader Helen Taylor, said: “It is my favourite book and I loved the experience of reading to an audience. It brings it alive in a whole new way, like reading a completely new story.”

Visitors on the day were also welcome to step through the wardrobe to Narnia as part of the current 26 Characters exhibition.

Parent visitor Whitney Duan, from North Oxfordshire, went along with her five-year-old son Ariston Shum.

She said: “We really enjoyed the reading and bought the book afterwards. We always check the events that are on at the museum and saw about the 26 Characters exhibition.”

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