A group fighting to save a village library are planning to stage a sit-in to highlight the issue this weekend.

The campaign group Save Coppull Library will host celebrities such as comedian Dave Spikey and actress Kay Purcell, who has starred in Emmerdale and Tracy Beaker during a three-hour 'read-in' on Saturday.

The group have displayed posters throughout the village and some Coppull businesses have also supported the moves.

Renowned authors such as Joanna Trollope have also lent their support via Twitter and Facebook and local authors Dom Conlon, Dan Worsley and Victoria Trundle will also read their work to the protestors.

Lancashire County Council plans to slash the number of libraries n the county from 74 to 34, as part of budget cuts.

The libraries to be axed have not been identified, but there are concerns that Coppull, Chorley, Adlington and Clayton Green libraries could close.

One of the organisers, mum-of-two, Joanne Bithell, said: “The library is not just about borrowing books, it is the centre of our village community.

"Only the other day I saw an older people's group meeting there.

"Those who are angry about the possible closure will show their support in a peaceful way with readings and a few well-known faces

The sit-in will be held from 10am to 1pm on Saturday, January 30.

The county council are hosting an initial consultation, lasting four weeks, from January 4.

This will be followed by a more in-depth consultation, which will last 12 weeks.