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Mobile library marking 60 years in Leicestershire

Mobile library facilities in Leicestershire are celebrating 60 years on the road.

The first one set off for Melton Mowbray in March 1950.

Leicestershire County Council held a celebration where people could meet library staff and drivers on Saturday at Snibston in Coalville.

More than 225,000 books were loaned by the service last year and six mobile libraries currently serve rural areas of Leicestershire.

Fred Smith, who worked as a mobile library driver for 20 years before retiring in 2006, said: "People were so grateful that they had the service because many of them weren't able to travel to a normal static library.

"I remember one lady came in with a book she'd borrowed in 1947 that she had just found and wanted to let us have back."

Books loaned out by the service in 1950 include: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis, A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie and The Great Escape by Paul Brickhill.

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