Pupils across West Cumbria have launched their own book about Driggsby the whale and the importance of protecting our oceans.

Mayfield, Ashfield Infant and Nursery, Distington Community, Holme St Cuthbert, Seascale and St Michael's schools took part in the project, writing their own section of the story and illustrating the tale.

The six groups of youngsters explored the life of Driggsby, a fin whale who washed up on Drigg beach in 2014 and died due to ingesting plastic through his mother's milk.

They completed beach cleans and aquarium visits to learn about sea animals and the importance of protecting them before creating their book. led by Tuille House Museum and Prism Arts.

And one creative pupil felt particularly inspired by Driggsby, with little Oliver from Mayfield School finding his artwork being chosen for the front cover.

"We selected a range of children who we knew would have really great ideas, and Oliver loved the creative side," Mayfield deputy headteacher Rachel Clark said. "We're so proud of them all, and it was lovely seeing them really enjoying themselves."

Talented artist and senior teaching assistant Michelle Diamond organised the pupils and the book, helping Mayfield pupils Oliver, Paige, Jack, Aidan, Ollie, Ava, Luke and Riley to fully engage with the story.

"Luke and Riley really had an emotional connection with Driggsby, and were interested in raising awareness about reducing plastic in the oceans," Rachel said.

And last month, the schoolchildren's book was published and launched, thanks to support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Anna Smalley, head of collections and engagement at Tullie House, said: "We are thrilled to be able to deliver such a major engagement project with such a huge number of pupils, due to National Lottery Heritage Funding support.

"We are so excited to be able to use Driggsby's story to inspire children across Cumbria, and are looking forward to sharing the amazing creativity and hard work of our partner schools with museum visitors."

The heartwarming book will be available to buy at Mayfield School's Christmas fayre for £8.99 each, or two for £15, as well as the Tuille House shop.