The Summer Reading Challenge has come to an end with 2,522 Swindon children taking part, and 1,417 completing it.

Just over half, 56 per cent, of those involved finished the challenge, but that number isn't something that Leon Flower is worried about.

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The library development and innovation manager said: "It's a great number. Our aim was to have 55 per cent of children complete it and we beat that with 56.

"The pass rate isn't too important, we don't want to get hung up on those numbers.

"The whole point was to encourage reading in the summer and some might not be avid readers.

"If they only read a couple of books, then for them that might be a big deal."

The challenge was run by 90 volunteers across the libraries of Swindon which helps encourage children to read six books over the course of the summer.

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Leon added: "The challenge wouldn't be possible without volunteers giving up their time to speak to the children and record their reading.

"They are so dedicated and we are so grateful for their help."

This year's theme was Space Chase, inspired by the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson, who helped launch the challenge, said: "I am very proud to help launch this every year in parliament and I would like to thank all the staff and volunteers who every year help children of all ages unlock the benefits and joy of reading."