Pupils from a school in Blackburn were delighted to receive a reply from their favourite Disney characters after writing to wish the company a happy centenary.

Westholme School, in Pleasington, which has just celebrated 100 years since opening its doors, created a special Disney-themed postcard to send.

The handwritten postcards were sent by the prep pupils to the Orlando and California resorts along with a covering letter – and a few weeks later they received a reply from Mickey Mouse himself.

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The letter opens with: “Oh boy, thanks for all the swell letters. It was so nice of you to think of me and my pals.”

Emma Robson, prep academic head assistant head, said: “We all love Disney films, resorts, and animations, and have been finding out about the studios’ centenary in lessons.

“The pupils are delighted to receive a letter from Mickey and his friends which states how lucky they are to have such special friends like the children.

“Hearing from the characters has been a very special way to mark Westholme’s very own centenary year.”

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Westholme School was opened on April 19, 1923, just a few months before the Walt Disney company was born.

The school has a year-long programme of events to mark its special milestone – from centenary lunches for alumni, a gala ball, special guests, a fireworks night, and centenary merchandise – including their own limited edition Westholme Gin, available from the school.