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100th celebration

Castleford library celebrated its 100th birthday in 2005. These are just a few of the photos taken during our celebration day.

School children gathering at Sagar Street

School children gathering at Sagar Street

The children from Aketon Pastures were handed balloons, for a race that would be released outside the library.

Guest leaving Sagar Street

Guest leaving Sagar Street

The guests led by Reg Lavine, our town crier, leave Sagar Street to go to the library to begin the celebrations.

Cutting the ribbon

Cutting the ribbon

The Mayor David Hopkins cuts the ribbon with his wife the Lady Mayoress and Reg Lavine looking on.

Cheering crowd

Cheering crowd

The invited guests give a hearty cheer as the ribbon is cut.

Centenary cake

Centenary cake

The cake in the form of an open book ready to be sliced.

Singing school children

Singing school children

Aketon Pastures Junior Schoolchildren entertain us with songs all about Castleford people, past and present. They were led by their headmaster Mr. Ralph Jaggar.

Cutting the cake

Cutting the cake

Winnie McLoughlin cutting our centenary cake.

Margaret Lound

Margaret Lound

To celebrate the centenary, the friends produced a book "Castleford Free Library 1905- 2005". The joint authors were Pat Bentley and Margaret Lound, shown presenting a book.

Bookmark Winner

Bookmark Winner

Castleford Library 100th Birthday Celebration bookmark design winner Rachel Boucher, from Park Junior School, receives her certificate from the Lord Mayor.

Party food

Party food

....and of course there had to be refreshments. A lovely spread enjoyed by all.

Our Librarians

Our Librarians

The ladies that run our Castleford Library receiving their copies of the centenary book.