Crowd gathers for Beccles library protest

Children, parents and councillors were among the people who joined together in Beccles yesterday to show their support for their town library.

There will be a library service in the town after Suffolk County Council's cuts are made, but concerns are increasing at what services will still be on offer. As a result, all those who use the library, in Blyburgate, were invited to the rally to show how much it means to them.

Among the group was Waveney district councillor Graham Elliot, who said: 'We are here to show support for our library and I have got to say this is a great turnout. We want to keep the library in the hands of the public and keep it running for the benefit of the community.'

Suffolk County Council is in a three-month consultation on the future of the library service and everyone who attended the rally was invited to make their voices heard.

The event was held to coincide with World Book Day and Beccles town councillor Caroline Topping was keen to emphasise the range of services that the library offers. She said: 'There are so many aspects; it's not just about borrowing books, it is about the community.'

People have until April 30 to have their say on the future of Suffolk's libraries.

Visit www.suffolk.gov.uk/Council AndDemocracy/Consultations/LibrariesConsultation2011.htm