The joy of books and reading is alive and well in Wilsden where the community library run by volunteers is thriving 15 months after surviving the threat of closure.

And Shipley MP Philip Davies showed his continuing support for keeping libraries in his constituency by visiting it.

Mr Davies said he was delighted to see that keen volunteers were keeping the facility open and wished it well for the foreseeable future.

He was welcomed by Councillor Simon Dickerson who was the driving force behind the library’s revival.

“There’s a real need for a library in the village so older folk can call in for a book and a chat and also lots of youngsters call in after school. It serves a massive age range,” said Coun Dickerson.