Hundreds set to join protest

PROTESTERS are expected to flock to the town centre of Ipswich to voice their concerns over the potential closure of 29 libraries.

Services across the county have been earmarked for closure as part of Suffolk County Council’s cost-cutting measures. The authority could shut the libraries unless community volunteers or private firms offer to run them.

Today, hundreds of protesters are set to march through the streets of Ipswich to reflect their opposition to the planned divestment of the treasured services.

The Save Suffolk Libraries march has been organised by campaigners fighting for the survival of Rosehill Library in Tomline Road, Ipswich.

The event will see supporters of libraries across the county gather outside Endeavour House with their banners and posters in tow.

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Ending at Giles Circus, the march will also see representatives from Stradbroke, Leiston and Rosehill Libraries speak to the crowds alongside author Nicci Gerrard.

Abby Barker, of the Save Rosehill Library campaign, said that she expected between 200 and 600 protesters to attend.

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She added: “This march is a chance for us to celebrate the wonderful service currently provided by our county’s public library service, to show them they are supported by their community.

“It is a great way for people to get their views heard and for us all to show together that we love our library service.

“The police have advised us to expect between 200 and 600 people, so that reflects how strongly people feel about these cuts.

“From Newmarket to Felixstowe, people from across the county will be coming to Ipswich for this march.

“People want to be heard and this is a great way to do it together.”

The march begins at 11am and will pass the county library in Northgate Street.

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