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Mum praises 'amazing show of community spirit' in children's march against library closures

PUBLISHED: 15:15 30 April 2019 | UPDATED: 15:15 30 April 2019

 Children took part in a march against the proposed library closure in Manningtree  Picture: DEBBIE BURROWS

Children took part in a march against the proposed library closure in Manningtree Picture: DEBBIE BURROWS

DEBBIE BURROWS

A mother-of-two who led a march of children as young as four against controversial closure of their beloved libraries has praised a "really amazing show of community spirit".

 Children took part in a march against the proposed library closure in Manningtree  Picture: DEBBIE BURROWS
Children took part in a march against the proposed library closure in Manningtree Picture: DEBBIE BURROWS

Essex's younger generation banged drums, sang and chanted in defence of their libraries at a series of protests across the county on Saturday, April 27.

They were speaking out against plans to close 25 of Essex's 74 libraries, which would affect every district in the county.

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Essex County Council says no decisions have been made about any library closures and that younger people have been widely consulted about the proposals.

Children took part in a march against the proposed library closure in Manningtree  Picture: DEBBIE BURROWSChildren took part in a march against the proposed library closure in Manningtree Picture: DEBBIE BURROWS

But that did not stop hundreds of children turning out on the streets, with 400 people taking part in the march in Manningtree.

Mum-of-two Holly Turner, who organised placard-making workshops before the Manningtree march, said: “Owners and staff from businesses lined the streets to cheer us on and on return the children filled the stage to chant and sing.

“It was a really amazing show of community spirit.”

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