Actor, comedian and children’s author David Walliams has sent a box of goodies to pupils at Howard School.

The Gaywood school was disappointed it had missed out on a visit by Mr Walliams as part of World Book Week.

Headteacher Gregory Hill got in contact with the author’s publishers when he realised that no school in the region had been successful in securing a visit.

The school had mounted a spirited campaign in the hope of being selected for a visit by the author.

Said Mr Hill: “We were told David was very sorry he could not visit us but he would send some goodies.”

Mr Hill said a box arrived with several signed copies of all the children’s books Mr Walliams has written.

There was also a letter from the television personality which said he valued the school’s work and hoped he might be able to visit some time in the future.

Mr Hill said the letter would go on display in the school and he would run a writing competition for pupils to win some of the signed copies.

The box of goodies was opened by pupils dressed as characters from some of Mr Walliams’ books.

Teacher Anna Clutterham dressed up as the Ratburger which was one of Mr Walliams’ best-selling books.