MP backs plan to restore Bells

Andrew Percy, MP, along with councillors Liz Redfern and David Robinson, visited the Mechanics library to take a look at the restored Epworth Bells. They are pictured with Jim Oliver, Trustee and Volunteer, Susan Selby, volunteer and secretary, Mandy Keating, Book Binder, Wendy Kitson, volunteer, Christine Pledger, volunteer and secretary, Peter Frost, head librarian and volunteer and Patsy Oliver, librarian and volunteer. Picture: Marie Caley E4063MC

Andrew Percy, MP, along with councillors Liz Redfern and David Robinson, visited the Mechanics library to take a look at the restored Epworth Bells. They are pictured with Jim Oliver, Trustee and Volunteer, Susan Selby, volunteer and secretary, Mandy Keating, Book Binder, Wendy Kitson, volunteer, Christine Pledger, volunteer and secretary, Peter Frost, head librarian and volunteer and Patsy Oliver, librarian and volunteer. Picture: Marie Caley E4063MC

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ISLE MP Andrew Percy is encouraging parents and their children to get their thinking caps on and take part in a fundraising family quiz.

More than 100 quiz sheets have been sold so far, with proceeds going towards a project to pay for the restoration of old copies of the Epworth Bells.

But more money still needs to be raised and Mr Percy urged families to have a go at the quiz after visiting Epworth Mechanics’ Institute Library to look over the old copies.

He said: “I was a history teacher in Scunthorpe so I know how useful old papers are for finding out information. It is important that newspapers are preserved and I would urge people to help with the appeal.”

A total of £700 needs to be raised to enable North Lincolnshire Council to release a £6,300 grant.

Volunteers still need £150 and quiz sheets are available from the library for a small charge. They must be handed in by February 19 and the winner will take home a prize.