Ann Widdecombe delights crowd at author talk in Ottery

Ann Widdecombe at the Institute in Ottery with Tricia Doherty,Xanthe White,Cllr Paul Bartlett and Da

Ann Widdecombe at the Institute in Ottery with Tricia Doherty,Xanthe White,Cllr Paul Bartlett and David Barber. Ref sho 28 18TI 7786. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Crowds enjoyed an afternoon of tales from the floors of Parliament and the Strictly Come Dancing ballroom as Ann Widdecombe visited to talk about her new book.

Ann Widdecombe at the Institute in Ottery with Tricia Doherty,Xanthe White,Cllr Paul Bartlett and Da

Ann Widdecombe at the Institute in Ottery with Tricia Doherty,Xanthe White,Cllr Paul Bartlett and David Barber. Ref sho 28 18TI 7786. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

The former Shadow Health Secretary spoke to an audience of more than 90 people at an author talk organised by the Friends of Ottery Library (FOOL) at the Institute.

The politician, who is a huge supporter of libraries, was talking about her latest book Strictly Ann.

She said: “The only way they are going to survive is if we support them; libraries have to move with the times, they have to have the technology.

“There is no good reason they cannot survive.”

Ann Widdecombe at the Institute in Ottery signing books before her talk . Ref sho 28 18TI 7781. Pict

Ann Widdecombe at the Institute in Ottery signing books before her talk . Ref sho 28 18TI 7781. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant


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Paul Barltett, mayor of Ottery, welcomed Ann on the day.

Tricia Doherty, from FOOL, said the group helped to raise money for the library and hoped to run more events like this in the future.

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She said:“Ann lives in Devon and is a great supporter of libraries, I do not think it was a difficult decision for her to come here to see us.”

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