ONE school stayed open on the coldest March day on record and despite chaos on the roads.

Children at St Anthony's in Fareham said they'd had "the best day ever" while hundreds of other schools were shut due to heavy snowfall.

The youngsters at St Anthony's spent the day celebrating World Book Day, toasting marsh mallows on an open fire outside and drinking hot chocolate - as well as having the inevitable snowball fight.

Speaking on behalf of the school Roxy Ashworth said: "We stayed open for those who get to and from us safely. There was little snowfall in Fareham until 2pm when we did a rolling collection from school. Most of our children live very close to the school so could walk in.

"Student safety throughout the day was paramount to us and we watched the forecast and temperatures closely. This didn’t stop our fun however!"