Broadcaster Melvyn Bragg voices support for Lincolnshire libraries
Melvyn Bragg, veteran BBC broadcaster, author and an avid supporter of library services, has released a statement backing the Save Lincs Libraries campaign.
In the statement, posted on social media by campaigners, Lord Bragg said: "I want to associate myself with those who are strongly opposed to the closing of 30 libraries and the removal of hundreds of mobile library stops in Lincolnshire.
"I came to Lincoln sometime ago to open a new extended central library and was completely exhilarated by what I saw and learned on that day.
"I thought that was Local Government and enlightenment at its finest.
"The public library system in this country is one of the finest achievements that we have, alongside the BBC and the British Museum."
He closed the statement by saying: "To close libraries is to close minds, especially young minds, and I do hope the opposition to these plans will persuade the County Council to think again and reverse what could be an act of irreparable damage to the future of learning and the enrichment of minds."
It comes just before a planned protest march against the closures on Saturday 21 September, which will move through Lincoln city centre.