Kate Bonney, the ICT Leader and Library Leader at Shipton Bellinger Primary School, invited Sir George to open the school's newly refurbished library.
Sir George was welcomed by the Head Boy and Head Girl, Leon Sargeant and Bethan Mordaunt, and spoke before he cut the ribbon about the importance of books.
Sir George brought with him a book by Rudyard Kipling which his grandfather bought in 1916. "My grandfather read stories from this book to my father; my father read me the same stories; and I read them to my children. I have lent the book to my son who is reading the same stories to his children. This book, which cost six shillings (30p)has given enormous pleasure to the Young family over five generations."
Sir George read an extract from Rikki-tikki-tavi - a story about a mongoose and a family of cobras - and urged children to keep books which they enjoyed. "If you enjoy a book, the chances are your children will also enjoy it. So ask your parents not to throw it away; but to keep it so you can read it to your children in 25 years time."
Sir George inspected the new library with County Councillor Pat West, and Borough Councillor Ellie Charnley.
During the day, the author Robin Price conducted writing workshops with the children, and the School Librarian Service librarion, Christine Lawson, brought some new books, hot off the press, for the library.