YOUNGSTERS have received awards after rising to a holiday reading challenge.

The 68 youngsters, aged two to 14, were presented with medals and certificates at a ceremony in Throston branch library, Hartlepool, after successfully completing the Reading Voyage.

The national initiative involved children being challenged to read six books over the summer holidays - a time when children generally read fewer books because they are away from school.

Heather Bellwood, library manager, said: "Last year, about 40 children completed the challenge, so we are delighted that so many more got involved this year."

The medals and certificates were presented by Councillor Peter Jackson, Hartlepool Borough Council's finance and performance management portfolio holder