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Overdue book back after 25 years
Mining book
The book was last borrowed in April 1983
An overdue book borrowed from a Cumbrian library more than a quarter of a century ago has been returned.

The book, Mining in the Lake Counties by WT Shaw, was posted back to Penrith Library anonymously during an amnesty.

It was last borrowed in April 1983 and was one of 400 overdue items returned to libraries throughout the county during the 10-day suspension of fines.

The amnesty was organised by Cumbria County Council to mark the start of the National Year of Reading.

Councillor Gary Strong, the cabinet member responsible for library services, said: "As well as bringing items back in to circulation, the amnesty has no doubt helped some people who may have been reluctant to come back to their local library to return with a clean slate.

"Having a book brought back after a quarter of a century was certainly a nice surprise. Hopefully the borrower finished reading it before it was returned."

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