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Fairytale start to new library chapter
Bradford's new City Library had a fairy-tale opening when it threw open its doors for the first time today.
Story-book favourites including Little Red Riding Hood and Robin Hood rubbed shoulders with civic dignitaries and invited schools and other guests at the official opening in the former Bradford 1 Gallery.
Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Popeye and cuddly Bookstart Bear were also there to join in the celebrations when the Lord Mayor of Bradford, Councillor Khadim Hussain cut the red ribbon with a helping hand from Carrwood Primary School pupils Ewan Kirk and Mia Godward, both aged nine, of Holme Wood.
Staff and builders had been working round the clock over the weekend to put the final touches to the two storeys, stacking books onto shelves in preparation for the opening which is being marked by a week of free events for people of all ages to enjoy.
The old Central Library had to close after it was deemed a fire risk by health and safety experts in October, 2011.