Library has seen a lot of new chapters in its 25 year history

Manager Helen Senior outside Gaywood Library which is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Picture: Ian

Manager Helen Senior outside Gaywood Library which is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Twenty-five years ago staff at libraries across the country were getting excited about the CDs they would soon be stocking.

And people in King's Lynn relived the last quarter of a century when they gathered for Gaywood library's 25th birthday celebrations.

The day's festivities started with a coffee morning in aid of Age UK, where about 70 visitors shared their memories of the library.

Later, about 20 people enjoyed a history walk around Lynn led by a town guide, which explored the history of the area near the library, including Gayton Road, St Faith's Church and Orchard Lane.

The day was also a time to celebrate former and current members of staff including Diane Hammond, who has been at the library since it opened.

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Library manager Helen Senior said: 'This building was purpose-built as a library.

'Libraries have changed a lot in 25 years and everything is now about computers.

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'Visitors were interested in the history of the area and the book Gaywood Remembers by Anthony Avis was very popular on the day.'

Visitors watched a video produced by the East Anglian Film Archive, which included footage of Lynn in the 1920s, the home guard, and speedway.

Also popping in were Year 5 and Year 6 pupils from Fairstead Primary School, who put up a display they created for the occasion.

Gaywood library was opened on September 14, 1990 by Sally Marshall, who was then chairman of the county council's libraries and recreation committee.

Popular books in 1990 included Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park.

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