Vintage copies of the Epworth Bells on sale

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Original copies of the Epworth Bells from the 1960s and early ’70s are being sold to help a project to preserve a full set of the Isle’s favourite paper dating back more than 100 years.

The Mechanic’s Institute Library is selling surplus copies as they progress with their restoration project.

Volunteer Sue Selby said: “We are selling single copies of the Bells at 50p each and copies of the Crowle Advertiser, with the opportunity to buy several whole years worth dating from the 1960s.

“They are sure to be of interest to people who grew up in that period, got married then, or are interested in the relatively recent history of the area.”

Volunteers are rebinding hundreds of issues dating from 1872 to the present and putting them into the correct order in the project which has been ongoing for two years.

The project had to raise 10 per cent of the £7,000 costs with North Lincolnshire Council providing a £6,300 grant.

There will be an exhibition of an Isle of Axholme time-line display from historical times to the present, at Epworth Parish Church on Saturday October 12 to Sunday October 13. It will be open Saturday 9-5pm and Sunday 1-4pm.

Hoping to boost its cash kitty, the library has published a 2014 calendar, featuring old pictures of the town which have been donated to the library over the years.

It is A5 size and is priced at £3.50, plus 60p postage if required. Secretary Christine Pledger said: “The Epworth Bells collection is just one resource that the Mechanics’ Institute Library holds in their local history archive. This archive is available to the whole community and membership is available at £1 per year.