Read all about book sale success

The Lions Club of Morpeth’s three-day book sale in the Market Place has been hailed a big success.

Wednesday, 4th September 2019, 2:01 pm
Updated Saturday, 28th September 2019, 4:06 am
From left, Les Brindley, Les Sage, Morpeth Lions treasurer Geoff Bushell and helpers Joan and Andrew Tebbutt.

Blessed with fine weather, Morpeth residents and those visiting the town were met with stalls laden with more than 12,000 books covering a multitude of subjects.

At only £1 a book, many were purchased on each day. More than £4,000 was raised in total.

On the final day (Sunday), the public were invited to pay £5 for a large strong carrier bag that they could fill with as many books as they could fit in and organisers felt blessed indeed when the heavens opened at 7pm on Sunday – after all the remaining books had been safely stored away.

Organising Lion Les Sage said “We are so grateful for all the support this event has received.

“As the Morpeth Chamber of Trade sponsored the stalls, every penny taken will help meet local needs – particularly in the run up to Christmas.

“Obviously, we are indebted to the public for raising a magnificent £4,072, but without the presence of all available Lions, our friends in Morpeth Rotary Club and a number of contacts who class themselves as ‘Friends of Morpeth Lions’, we could not have run the event.

“I have been asked ‘What will happen to the remaining books?’

“Well, we intend holding onto and storing up to 5,000 books, so watch this space for further events.

“The rest will be taken up to Alnwick Lions Club bookshop, where they will earn money.

“I would also like to thank everyone who so kindly donated books – know that your generosity will help those who are not so fortunate.”

For his part, Lions Club of Morpeth President Les Brindley, who led from the front, said: ‘Les (Sage) has covered most aspects of what I would want to say.

“However, he failed to mention that it was his inspiration to organise this book sale that brought it about.

“So I would like to say a big thank-you to him and to his small team of helpers who took on the mammoth task of sorting through the books.”