Fighting to keep libraries open

Campaigners took to the streets with placards, drums and bells as they continued their bid to keep their libraries open.

Tuesday, 15th March 2016, 12:00 pm

People of all ages walked from libraries in Coppull, Eccleston and Adlington on Saturday morning.

Coppull And Standish Band performed outside Coppull Library as the walkers 
set off at 9.30am to make their way to Eccleston Library.

They were joined by author and illustrator Jonny Duddle, who travelled from Wales, and musician One Man And His Beard.

The group met walkers from Eccleston Library at Park Hall, who were on their way to Coppull Library.

Freyja the Fairy entertained children from Eccleston when they arrived at Coppull.

Campaigners also walked the 3.7 miles from Adlington Library to Chorley Library, carrying placards, posters, drums and bells.

Drivers sounded their car horns as they passed to 
show their support to the walkers.

The group at Adlington Library will hold its next event on Thursday, March 24, when children will get together to read and make Easter cards and bookmarks.

Campaigns have been launched in several areas as Lancashire County Council 
is planning to close 40 of its 74 libraries in funding cuts. 
Those set to be axed have not yet been named.

Similar walks were held in Ansdell, Lytham and St 
Annes, while a group in Hertfordshire also walked after being inspired by the event.