A group fighting to save a village library staged a sit in to show their opposition to brutal cuts in council services.

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

Chorley MP Lindsay Hoyle and local authors such as Victoria Trundle, Dan Worsley and Dom Conlon also read aloud at the protest.

Over the three hours of the protests it is estimated that around 400 people attended.

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 numbers and passion of those attending showed how much our library means.

"We will continue the fight and hope groups from other libraries will join together with us to oppose any closures,"