A north Norfolk village is over-run with more than 15,000 books at the annual Morston Book Sale

Friends of Morston Church treasurer Rob Metcalfe with some of the titles on offer at the fundraising group’s fifth annual book sale. Picture: Karen Bethell Friends of Morston Church treasurer Rob Metcalfe with some of the titles on offer at the fundraising group’s fifth annual book sale. Picture: Karen Bethell

Sunday, May 4, 2014
12:51 PM

A north Norfolk village has been transformed into a pop-up book shop as thousands of literary creations go on sale as part of its annual book sale.

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Pages from the oldest book on sale: Twenty Select Colloquies, dating back to 1680.
Picture: Karen BethellPages from the oldest book on sale: Twenty Select Colloquies, dating back to 1680. Picture: Karen Bethell

The three-day Morston Book Sale raises thousands of pounds each year for the church and draws people from across Norfolk in search of a bargain or rare find.

And with more than 15,000 page turners, children’s books and weird and wonderful information books collected from across the Norfolk and beyond, hundreds flocked to the event.

Friends of Morston Church treasurer and organiser Rob Metcalfe said he hoped to raised £5,000 at this years sale.

He said: “We have a real mixture of books, there is everything under the sun from obscure Ministry of Agriculture books to Jeffrey Archer novels.”

Rare finds in the collectors corner included a 1930s German book of children’s songs to an 1850 guide to surgical techniques.

The oldest book on sale was a Twenty Select Colloquies dating back to 1680 which Mr Metcalfe was hoping to sell for £100.

All proceeds from the sale will go to the charity which supports the church building, paying for much-needed repairs.

The books have been collected throughout the year and stored in garages, lofts and basements before being put on display at the book sale.

And with Mr Metcalfe and the team of villagers hoping to sell between three and four thousand, packing up tomorrow will be a tricky job, with books put back into storage ready for next year.

The Morston Book Sale opened yesterday and will open until 5pm today and 10am to 5pm tomorrow.

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