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Norfolk book sale aims to go out with a £75,000 bang

PUBLISHED: 14:33 26 April 2019 | UPDATED: 15:40 26 April 2019

Paddy and  India Clabburn buy the 50,000th book at last year's Morston sale, with Rob Metcalfe, left. Photo: Lee Blanchflower

Paddy and India Clabburn buy the 50,000th book at last year's Morston sale, with Rob Metcalfe, left. Photo: Lee Blanchflower

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Organisers of the Morston Book Sale are hoping to top a fundraising target of £75,000 for the charity Friends of Morston Church (FMC) by the end of this year's three-day event.

Morston book sale is back for the 10th and last time. Picture: Morston book saleMorston book sale is back for the 10th and last time. Picture: Morston book sale

FMC treasurer Rob Metcalfe said: “This will be the tenth, and last of our huge annual book sales.

“By the end of last year's sale we had raised over £62,000, so with a fair wind we should hit our target.”

The Morston Book Sale has become a regular pilgrimage destination for book-lovers on the first May bank holiday weekend of each year.

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Tens of thousands of second hand books will be on sale again in 2019 and the popularity of the event has grown annually since the first sale in 2010.

Mr Metcalfe added: “We have had books donated from all over Norfolk and far beyond, and they have been arriving in vast quantities throughout the year.

“The event has become so big that we have decided that 2019 will be the last annual event on this scale. We intend to hold smaller sales and pop-up events at other times during the year instead.”

All of the money raised by the book sale is used for the preservation of Morston's All Saints' church, parts of which date back to the 13th century. “There is always something needed to maintain the church,” Mr Metcalfe added, “and work has just been completed to replace the chancel roof, much of which was funded from proceeds of the book sales.”

The Morston Book Sale is open from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, May 4-6, at Morston Barn, NR25 7AA. Admission is free, there is ample parking and refreshments are served throughout the event. All books are half price on Bank Holiday Monday.

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