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Bookworms will be celebrating the first birthday of Bawtry Community Library on Thursday.

The library was born 12 months ago after Doncaster Council named it on a closure list as part of budget cuts.

A packed public meeting held in the town’s Phoenix Theatre, petitions, appeals and demonstrations failed to change the local authority’s mind, but residents were absolutely determined not to lose the much used facility.

After a great deal of hard work a team of dedicated volunteers put together a plan that would enable them to manage and run the library as a community facility.

Mayor of Bawtry, Coun George Spencer, who is the chairman of the Bawtry Community Library, said: “We now have a team of 85 volunteers who freely give of their time, and more volunteers are always coming forward.

“Bawtry Community Library demonstrates just what can be achieved by hard-working volunteers who possess a true community spirit.

“Volunteers that not only come from Bawtry but travel from many communities around the borough have a heart of gold and I am extremely proud to be their chairman. Long may these wonderful community-spirited people continue to run and to maintain Bawtry Community Library.”

The first birthday celebration starts at 9.15am and will go on throughout the day until 8pm. Activities planned include a display about the first year, musicians, stalls, produce from Tickhill Country Market, cupcakes, and free tea and coffee.

Coun Spencer added: “We hope all of the many friends of Bawtry library, volunteers and customers will join in the big celebration.”