Storytime with no pictures but plenty of laughs

Class 1KG from Sussex Road Community Primary School with Cheryl Baker.

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Former Eurovision winner Cheryl Baker had eco-minded children in stitches and shouting for more at a prize storytime session.

The Buck’s Fizz star congratulated pupils at Sussex Road Community Primary School in Tonbridge for their “brilliant job” in helping to get school-run cars off the road, and read to them BJ Novak’s mad-cap The Book With No Pictures.

The storytime was secured by the school’s 1KG class after they won a walk to school competition as part of the Active Wow (Walk on Wednesday) scheme, which is run by children’s charity the KM Charity Team.

Afterwards, the singer and television presenter – who is an honorary patron of the KM Charity Team – said: “I have had the best time here at Sussex road Primary School. And huge congratulations to class 1KG for being so green and walking to school so many times.”

She also reminded other schools participating in Wow that they could win similar prizes, saying: “Don’t forget to walk to school and let us know all about it.”

Wow encourages families to walk to school, with classes competing each week to be awarded the Green Class of the Week Trophy. A monthly inter-school green travel challenge awards winning classes tickets to leisure attractions or visits by storytellers.

Organisations supporting the scheme include Whites Transport, housing company Orbit, Countrystyle Recycling, Golding Vision (part of Golding Homes), Specsavers, Eurostar, the London Borough of Bexley, Ashford International Hotel, Volker Highways, Kent County Council, Medway Council, Whitefriars, Maidstone Borough Council, Ashford Borough Council, and Three R’s Teacher Recruitment.

As of September, it will be rebranded as Super Wow. Schools signing up by July 24 will get a 20% discount. Contact Sarah Clyne at to find out more or visit

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