IT was service with a smile when a Crewe schoolboy spent the day running a top theme park's hotel.
Richard Jones, 11, from Mulcaster Court in Haslington, took charge of the Alton Towers Hotel after winning a national competition to celebrate its 10th year.
The Sandbach School pupil was one of 10 youngsters, aged between eight and 13, who won the competition after making suggestions on how they would run the hotel.
They were then invited to the hotel to see their quirky and fun ideas brought to life, included having marshmallow pillows, a naughty chair for adults and a real owl to deliver comics to them!
Richard's winning suggestion was a topsy-turvy theme where clothes would be worn back to front, pudding served before main course and ice cream for breakfast.
He travelled to the hotel with mum Sarah, dad Chris and seven-year-old brother Matthew. They were given unlimited access to the theme park itself as well as passes for all the rides.
Sarah said: 'Richard has just discovered rollercoasters so he really enjoyed himself at the park.'
Hotel general manager Ian Parkinson said: 'It's great to hear what children really want to get out of their stay here.'