Strong support as battles continue to save libraries

Hundreds of people visited a village library in the latest event calling for the doors to stay open.

Tuesday, 8th March 2016, 3:46 pm
Updated Tuesday, 8th March 2016, 4:51 pm

Around 400 people went to Euxton Library on Saturday morning, including Chorley MP Lindsay Hoyle, Euxton Parish Council chairman Katrina Reed and councillors Peter Wilson, Mark Perks, Danny Gee and Mark Jarnell.

They were joined by local residents, as well as campaigners from Adlington and Coppull libraries and supporters from around the North West.

They encouraged people to sign a petition to keep the library open, as Lancashire County Council plans to close 40 of its 74 libraries.

Coun Gee said: “Hundreds and hundreds of people from Euxton turned out in the cold to support their library. There was support from all spectrum of the community.

“Inside the library it was full, some on the internet, a group of knitter and natters, children playing and some even borrowing library books.

“Euxton Library is not just to borrow books but it is a hub for the young and elderly of the local community to meet and get together.”

Organiser Stuart Clewlow said children from Euxton Primrose Hill Primary School and Euxton Playgroup also visited in the week.

Events have already been held at several libraries.

Supporters will walk between Coppull and Eccleston libraries on Saturday, setting off at 9.30am.

Coppull And Standish Brass Band will perform as the walkers set off from Coppull, One Man And His Beard will play guitar during the walk and Joanne the fairy will read stories to the walkers arriving at Coppull Library.

People will also walk from Adlington Library to Chorley Library at the same time.