With thanks to Liz Waterland for letting us reproduce her letter here.
Dear Lincolnshire Echo
Amongst all the self-congratulation that must be going on in Lincoln at having finally got rid of all those expensive library staff, The Friends of Deeping Library are afraid that Martin Hill, Nick Worth et al have forgotten to do something important. So far, not one of them seems to have remembered publicly to thank those they have made redundant, for their services to the communities they will be leaving, nor to express regret at the discourteous way LCC has treated them. Through your paper, therefore, may we make up the omission by saying that all our communities have lost cheerful, knowledgeable, efficient and loyal friends as our library counters are emptying and the doors beginning to close. We would especially like to thank two of our librarians at Deeping who have already gone due to the cuts in hours, Maura and Lea, and to let them know that we miss them sadly. Despite the silly belief expressed by Nick Worth that precariously funded amateur volunteers will be just as good as experienced and fully qualified library staff, our villages and towns will be all the poorer for their loss. Thank you to all of them.
The Friends of Deeping Library
This letter was published in The Lincolnshire Echo, 8 May 2014.