Melanie Hollett and her nine-year-old granddaughter love reading and are always "making up stories" together.

One particular character they both really enjoy is Winnie-the-Pooh.

That's why when they discovered there was a day specifically dedicated to the children's classic

"We thought it would be good to celebrate it and just possibly the stories of friendship and kindness amongst Christopher Robin and his friends, may remind children and adults to be kind and fair to one another," Melanie said.

"So we approached the Artistic Associate, Community & Events, Dean Kilford at The Fairfield Halls and he has been absolutely wonderful supporting us.

"He thought it was a good idea too."

So on Saturday, January 18 from 11am to 1pm, the Halls will open up for the free event as storytellers - including Croydon Councillors Pat Clouder and Cavagh Skipper - look to amaze the crowd.

Winnie the Pooh first appeared on the printed page in 1926, together with friends Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo, Owl and Rabbit. They were all based on toys owned by the author – A.A. Milne’s son, who also featured in the famous stories as, Christopher Robin. The characters later starred in a series of much-loved Disney films.

Winnie the Pooh Day is celebrated on the birthday of the Author A A Milne.