Sandy Library marks its golden year

Sandy Library has celebrated its golden anniversary – 50 years of service after it first opened its doors to the public.

The Rolling Stones were riding high at the top of the pop charts with 'Get Off Of My Cloud' when the first book was borrowed back in 1965.

Also at that time, Harold Wilson was the Prime Minister, Elvis Presley's movie Harum Scarum had just been released, The Source by James A Michener was top of the New York Times Bestseller book list and England's football heroes were eight months away from winning the 1966 World Cup at Wembley.

For the celebrations, on Thursday, a buffet lunch was prepared by volunteer group Friends of Sandy Library and laid on for customers and staff, past and present with a donation from Tesco, while Gunns Bakery in the town also made a special celebration cake which Sandy Town Mayor Cllr Will Jackson cut to mark the occasion.

Sandy Historical Society provided a photographic display of the library and the town over the last 50 years, while library manager Madeline Phippen and her staff – Linda Ward, Jane Mills and Sally Davis – created an archive of pictures and newspaper clippings documenting the building over the decades.

Cllr Brian Spurr, Executive Member for Community Services, said: "Fifty years is a marvellous milestone in, not only the history of Sandy Library, but the town itself and I would like to thank all the staff and volunteers, past and present, who have helped make it such an invaluable community asset.

"Sandy, like all our libraries, has benefited from our modernisation programme, which we are really proud of because we have bucked the national trend of closures to set out a positive future for the service that can best meet the needs of our residents, now and in the future. Hopefully, that will give Sandy the best chance of celebrating a centenary in another 50 years' time."

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