Kids make their voices heard to defend libraries

Children, mostly from the nearby Castle Hills primary school, took the initiative during a protest to save Scawthorpe Library.
Children, mostly from the nearby Castle Hills primary school, took the initiative during a protest to save Scawthorpe Library.
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CHILDREN from Castle Hills Primary School turned out in force to join a protest to save Scawthorpe Library from closure.

Despite the wet weather the youngsters brought along a selection of colourful banners which they and their friends had made.

The event, organised by the Save Doncaster Libraries campaign, was well attended by locals, parents, activists, and Labour councillors Bill Mordue and Kevin Rogers.

The only time the campaigners stopped marching and chanting was when they nipped inside the Amersall Road library to renew their books.

Passers-by added their names to a 14,000-plus petition to save Doncaster libraries, and car drivers honked their horns in solidarity. Residents and local businesses said they were shocked the Mayor’s cabinet would jeopardise an institution so close to everyone’s heart.

Coun Mordue said: “The protest showed the strength of feeling in the community against the decision made by the Mayor and Cabinet. The debate over the future of libraries is not over and I will be working with colleagues across the political spectrum to keep this issue alive.”