“An absolutely fantastic time, packed out with people and 230 children taking part - a wonderful celebration of our 50 years!”
That was Longridge Library manager Audrey Taylor’s jubilant reaction to the success of the much-planned golden anniversary celebration held at the library on Saturday.
“We also welcomed the county council’s library chief County Coun Marcus Johnstone and County Coun David Smith, and it was marvellous for us that two former ladies who were on the staff at the original library on Market Place came along to help us celebrate,” added Audrey.
With her staff, the state-of-the-art library’s members, lots of schoolchildren and 35 of the original participants in its “baby bounce” sessions – the eldest being nine-year -old Isobel Blackburn – the library was making the most of marking half a century providing countless book lovers with reading material.
Longridge Band helped the lively atmosphere along by playing for an hour, 60 youngsters had their faces painted by Ribchester’s Gillian Walker, others made party hats with Ann Thomas, Norma Addison showed how to make jewellery and the birthday cake was made by Alison Thomson.
And during the morning, staff member Melene Spencer was presented with a bouquet of flowers to mark her retirement after 40 years at the library.
Last word goes to Audrey. who said: “I want to thank everyone for making the event so special. I could not have been more pleased with the support, the way everyone who came celebrated, all those who helped with the different events, our brilliant staff – again a big thank you to all.”