60th birthday party at Watton Library

Watton Library will be celebrating its 60th birthday on Monday - and is inviting past and present library staff, volunteers and users.

A 1950s-themed party will be held at the building at George Trollope Road from 12.30-4pm and include a talk on 'Watton Life in the 50s', a birthday cake in the shape of a book is to be cut and there will be display of photos and newspaper articles charting the library's history.

The Norfolk County Council-run library has been open since November 1950, moving from its original building at Wayland Hall to its new home in 1973.

James Carswell, county council cabinet member for cultural services, said: 'Many congratulations to Watton Library on marking 60 years at the heart of the local community. It's wonderful to think that children who used and loved Watton Library in the 1950s may now bring their grandchildren along to pick out books or take part in one of their free activities. I would certainly encourage local people who haven't used the library in its 60 years so far to drop in soon to see what being a library member in Watton could offer them.'

John Rogers, county council member for Watton, said: 'I know how much our library is valued by the local community, even more now than it was 60 years ago. Its enduring success is largely down to its staff, who do a marvellous job and put a great deal of care and work into making it a welcoming and enjoyable place to be and service to use.'