Start of a new era for town library

Opening of new community library at Burgh le Marsh. From left Noreen Hopkinson, Pat Phillips, Margaret Blythin
Opening of new community library at Burgh le Marsh. From left Noreen Hopkinson, Pat Phillips, Margaret Blythin

A new community run library has opened its doors to the public in Burgh le Marsh.

The former county council facility is being managed by an enthusiastic group of volunteers.

Now known as Burgh Reading and Development Centre, it had been closed since September for the team to be trained.

A queue of eager users gathered on Thursday as the library got back to business.

Reading and development centre vice chairman Pat Phillips said: “The transition is going very well and there is lots of enthusiasm and motivation amongst the volunteers.

“I was previously a Skegness town councillor and just wanted to do something to help the community.”

She added: “This is a vital amenity for people and was sadly missed when closed.

“The centre is not just for choosing your books, it is a place for meeting friends and provides a social service and source of companionship for people on their own.”

The new community library has received enthusiastic support from Burgh Town Council. The council is presenting book tokens to St Peter and St Paul Primary pupils Theo Allen and Toby Toyne for the school library as a thank you for the children helping to choose a new name for the library.

Coun Michael Halls said: “I am hoping the centre membership will grow so the community can benefit from it even further.”

The library at the Old School House, High Street is open on Thursday and Saturday from 10am to 1pm.