Pub landlord launches library service for neighbours and regulars (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Ingrow pub landlord launches library service for neighbours and regulars
10:50am Thursday 7th March 2013 in News
A pub landlord has set up a lending library following a reduction in mobile library visits to local pensioners.
Mickey Thompson is loaning books, CDs and DVDs to residents whether or not they are customers of the Great Northern, in Keighley.
He particularly wants to help elderly residents of Kennedy House, a high-rise block on the opposite side of Halifax Road.
His mother, Mary, who lives in Kennedy House, told him that Bradford Council’s mobile library had switched from weekly to fortnightly visits last year.
He said: “I get half a dozen regulars from the flats. One fella who’s 92 years old comes in.”
Mickey, an experienced TV and film actor and extra, took over the Great Northern, in Ingrow, earlier this year.
He said there was already a shelf of books that regulars had borrowed for years, but he wanted to expand the library. The intention is that people will swap one of their own books or DVDs, but Mickey said they were welcome to borrow items instead of swapping.
He already has about 20 DVDs and 30 books, but would welcome any donations.