Preston Library campaigners battle it out to raise money for their crusade

Quiz night is expected to raise hundreds of pounds towards fight to save axed branches

Campaigners fighting to save Brent’s closed libraries proved knowledge is power at a pub quiz on Monday night.

Questions in topics ranging from art and literature to sport and history were called out by local genius quiz mistress, Francis Bright, in The Preston Pub in Preston Road, Wembley.

Despite the questions puzzling many of the teams, The Singing Caledonian Legion took home first prize on the night.

The Brent and Kilburn Times Team, made up of reporters and photographers who popped along to show their support, came in a respectable joint fifth place out of 11.

Geraldine Cooke, of Barnhill, Wembley, said: “It was a huge success and we were delighted so many people took part. “It was nice to be on the winning team for a change.

“We are not giving up hope and the pub quiz to save libraries has become a regular fixture in the community.”

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The money raised on the night, which is still be counted, will be donated to the Brent SOS Library Campaign which is battling to keep Pteston, Barham Park, Cricklewood, Tokyngton, Neasden and Kensal Rise branches open.

The Save Preston Library branch of supporters are also planning to run events on National Libraries Day (February 4) but as their library has closed they are looking for a new venue.

Miss Cooke said: “We have a whole range of authors queuing up to take part. But unfortunately we do not have a place for it to happen. We are appealing to the community to help us find a venue for National Libraries Day because Brent Council has closed our library.”

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