Search

Brent library campaigners unite to honour first anniversary of closures

PUBLISHED: 18:33 16 October 2012

Barham pop up library in High Road Wembley.

Barham pop up library in High Road Wembley.

Archant

Torch relay takes place at axed Barham, Cricklewood, Kensal Rise, Neasden, Preston and Tokyngton branches

The spirit of unity seen at the Olympic and Paralympic Games was on display in the borough again as campaigners honoured the one-year anniversary of the closure of their libraries.

Campaigners from all six branches marched across the borough carrying a makeshift flame.

During the commemoration on Saturday, residents marched from Kensal Rise Library, in Bathurst Gardens, to Preston Library, in Carlton Avenue East, taking in all six closed buildings along the way.

The relay was also honoured with celebrations including multi-lingual readings at each reading room.

Joining the torchbearers was Ray Tucker, a former European Champion runner and novelist Adam Baron.

The speakers included children from each of the closed libraries while a special message was also read out sent in by Julia Donaldson, children’s laureate and author of The Gruffalo.

Geraldine Cook, a member of the Friends of Preston Library hailed it is an “amazing” day.

She told the Times: “It was a fantastic day and so many residents came out to show their support.

“People also made very powerful speeches about the importance of reading and libraries and it showed how much they still matter to the community.”

Following the relay, a celebration was held at the Windermere pub, Windermere Avenue.

The move to close Barham Park, Preston, Neaden, Tokyngton, Kensal Rise and Cricklewood libraries will save the local authority £1m.

0 comments

Latest Kilburn & Brent News Stories

13:26

Budding business entrepreneurs in South Kilburn will have the opportunity to partake in a free innovative programme over the summer.

Yesterday, 14:07

An illegal Willesden subletter has been slapped with a fine of thousands of pounds, taking Brent Council to more than 100 criminal prosecutions since it began cracking down on rogue landlords.

Yesterday, 10:34

Sixteen men have been found crammed into three rooms at a slum flat in Burnt Oak.

Friday, July 21, 2017

A Willesden man who raped a girl along with two other men has been jailed for eight years for his part in the crime.

Friday, July 21, 2017

A senior Met Police officer is facing a misconduct hearing for alleged failures in the investigation into the disappearance of Wembley woman Saima Ahmed, who was mysteriously found dead in Scotland early last year.

Friday, July 21, 2017

The second member of a fraudulent Neasden wine business has been jailed, while the operation’s main miscreant remains on the run.

Friday, July 21, 2017

The front counter at Kilburn Police Station has been earmarked for closure alongside a number of safer neighbourhood bases amid £400m cost-cutting plans by the Met.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Charity golfers helped to raise more than £12,000 for a Kenton hospice by enjoying a great game and some fine food.

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most Read Kilburn News

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Brent & Kilburn Times
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now