ROARY the Lion helped youngsters from Shaw Start Nursery in Stockton celebrate World Nursery Rhyme Week.
The Middlesbrough FC mascot visited The Beeches Care Home, on Green Lane, to hear the children read their favourite nursery rhymes to the elderly residents.
The event coincided with Hug a Bear Week, so Roary moonlighted as a furry friend for both residents of the care home and nursery children to embrace. He also stopped by Ingleby Care Home, on Lamb Lane, to meet the residents there.
Liz Jones is the Customer Relations Officer for Hill Care, which operates both The Beeches and Ingleby care homes.