Sidmouth library celebrates 200 years

PUBLISHED: 16:08 25 June 2009 | UPDATED: 09:31 18 June 2010

SCORES of booklovers took part in celebrations marking 200 years of libraries in Sidmouth last week. Staff at Sidmouth Library invited the public to a grand cream tea celebration on Friday to commemorate the date when John Wallis built Wallis s Marine Lib

SCORES of booklovers took part in celebrations marking 200 years of libraries in Sidmouth last week.

Staff at Sidmouth Library invited the public to a grand cream tea celebration on Friday to commemorate the date when John Wallis built Wallis's Marine Library on the seafront two centuries ago.

The library was transformed into a history classroom for the day and two displays depicted its changing face throughout the years.

Staff dressed up in period costume ranging from Victorian to regency and from flapper to land girl.

A guided tour was held showing members of the public previous sites of libraries, Robert Crick organised a library history competition and visitors also took part in 'name the author' competition.

And town councillor Stuart Hughes had the honour of cutting the celebratory cake at 3pm.

Guests included Julia Creeke and other members of Sid Vale Association as well as many library regulars.

Also in attendance were Geraint Hughes, Carole Burgess and Liz Alexander from Devon Library and Information services.

Meriel Santer, first assistant at Sidmouth Library, said: "There was a really good turnout. The reference library was full to the point it was overflowing!

"It was just nice to have the opportunity to thank the public for their support. Everybody was very appreciative


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