By Mal Butler
Brighstone Community Library marked 10 years since it was saved from closure by a group of volunteers on Saturday.
Library volunteers past and present attended the celebration, including the Island’s Deputy Lieutenant, Nick England; Lora Peacey-Wilcox, leader of the IW Council; Cllr Steve Hastings; John Cirronne, leader of Brighstone Parish Council, as well as Pearl Adams and Rob Jones of the IW Library Service.
Cllr Peacey-Wilcox awarded prizes to Brighstone Primary School children who had drawn posters on the subject of ‘Saving the Planet’.
The headmistress, Rebecca Lennon, said she was delighted that the library was keeping up links with the school to encourage a love of reading.
Mr England, a former headmaster, said the library epitomised the spirit of the Island which came together in adversity to save important establishments, such as other libraries, and the swimming pool at Ryde. Authors, Jane Good and Rosy Burke, then presented copies of their recent publications to library volunteer Norma Bradley.
Tea and a book-themed cake, made by Ruth Godber, was enjoyed by the visitors.
Pic Deputy Ld.Ltnt. Cutting the cake