Digging deep to help library

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THE first fundraiser to support a £1m library restoration plan was so successful it put more than three times the target amount in the coffers.

A coffee morning and raffle was held for the Kettering Library restoration at 62 Headlands on Saturday and raised £1,600 – the plan was to raise £500.

Around 85 people attended and the amount raised included a donation of £1,000 from a supporter of the library, art gallery and museum.

The Evening Telegraph has supported the appeal since it was launched by the Friends of Kettering Library on Saturday, March 24.

The restoration plans include removing ivy, restoring plaster work and the roof, and redecorating the interior.

The county council has already given £250,000 to restore the library’s wooden parquet flooring and to reopen the grand entrance in Sheep Street.

John Wilson, chairman of the Friends of Kettering Library, said: “I think it is something that has sparked people’s imagination.

“The money is going on bricks and mortar – something you can see. It is a nice start and nice to see people in Kettering are interested in supporting the fabric of their library.”

Two rare Welsh language Bibles did not sell, but the friends are now hoping to put them up for sale privately, and the Christian Research Institute of Kettering has expressed an interest.

The friends are planning another large fundraiser for around autumn time.