Thousands are expected at busy North Shields book fair

Simeon Ripley, chief executive of Linskill and North Tyneside Community Development Trust (far right), and book fair volunteers Steve, David and Kathleen.
Simeon Ripley, chief executive of Linskill and North Tyneside Community Development Trust (far right), and book fair volunteers Steve, David and Kathleen.

Bookworms are in for a treat with the return of a well-attended book fair.

The eighth annual Linskill Book Fair will return this weekend.

More than 30,000 books have been donated by the community and local businesses, with genres including romance, history, crime, art, biographies, cookery, geography, gardening, travel, poetry, children’s books and more

Volunteers at Linskill have worked tirelessly to collate and classify books in time for the fair.

One volunteer said: “This year we have been kept busy with books arriving every day and I am sure we will have more books donated than previous years.

“There are old, new, fact and fiction books, and hopefully there is a book that will appeal to everyone, with all the books being sold over the three days.”

All books are charged £1 for a hardback and 50p for a paperback, and there will be a small section of records and DVDs for sale.

Simeon Ripley, chief executive of the Linskill Centre, said: “Following our recent call to the community to support the Book Fair I am delighted to say we have been inundated with donations, demonstrating the loyalty and support for the Linskill Centre.

“Every book sold generates revenue for the Linskill Centre and its community activities and I have every confidence this year the Book Fair will exceed expectations.”

The fair is on from 9am to 5pm on Friday and Saturday, and 9am to 3pm on Sunday.