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FUN Evie Thomas, eight, enjoys the exhibition at Westbury Manor Museum.  Picture: Paul Jacobs (120040-1)
FUN Evie Thomas, eight, enjoys the exhibition at Westbury Manor Museum. Picture: Paul Jacobs (120040-1)

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FAMILIES have been rolling back the years at an exhibition celebrating a character who was first brought to life 30 years ago.

People young and old have been treated to framed displays of original artwork from Eric Hill’s children book series Spot the Dog at Westbury Manor Museum, in West Street, Fareham.

Visitors have had the chance to sit and read popular Spot books Spot Goes to the Farm and Spot’s Birthday Party at the exhibition, which finishes on Saturday.

A trail through the museum to find the whereabouts of the puppy and his kennel has also gone down a storm with children.

Mr Hill’s books were later made into a children’s television animated series, made by David McKee’s King Rollo Films, called Spot.

Julie Carter, visitor services assistant at the museum, said: ‘The exhibition has been very good, and the response from both children and parents has been excellent.

‘A lot of the parents didn’t realise at first that Spot was 30 years old.

‘It was nice to see them remember the character from when they were younger and hear them reminisce.’