VIDEO: Nelson’s old library given new lease of life

Nelson’s old library has been given an official launch after a major scheme to bring it back to life. And the aim is to find people who will make use of it.

Scores of people attended the magnificent building on Booth Street, Nelson, for a ceremony and were given both fascinating history records and great music.

Mr Simon Entwistle leads tours around the old public library building in Nelson which has been restored.'Photo Ben Parsons

Mr Simon Entwistle leads tours around the old public library building in Nelson which has been restored.'Photo Ben Parsons

History tours specialist Simon Entwistle, who has spoken of history on TV, took people around the premises and told them of its life. And Lancashire County Council’s Community Heritage Manager, Fiona McIntyre, then gave people more history of how Nelson’s libraries have worked since 1830.

There were songs from two Pendle Youth Choir stars, soprano Samantha Oxborough and tenor Jack Bowtell, accompanied by David Wilkinson. And there was also music from Trawden String Quartet. Pendle Movie Makers were also involved, and there were samples of both paintings and sculptures by Pendle artist Shahida Ahmed.

The library opened in 1908, but was replaced in 1974. Since then it had been a Pendle Council base but is not longer used. But it has been given a new lease of life thanks to a restoration by Pearl2.