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A CELEBRATED author was on hand to help mark a library’s coming of age.

Paul Torday, who wrote the books Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, which later became a film starring Ewan McGregor, and The Legacy of Hartlepool Hall, about a man who inherits a creaking country mansion and a host of problems, was at Hartlepool Central Library to mark its 21st anniversary.

Paul, who is originally from Northumberland, unveiled a commemorative plaque at the library during a reception attended by around 60 invited guests.

He followed this up with a talk about his literary work.

The library’s reference and information manager Diane Marlborough said: “We were delighted and honoured to have such an illustrious writer come and help us celebrate our milestone.”

The library has been running 21 special events since last month to mark the anniversary, with various writers, poets and authors speaking about their work.

Diane added: “It has been very popular and we are very pleased by the response.”

There is still time to enjoy the remainder of the events, which run until Friday.

These include a visit to the library by former Dandy, Beano, Topper and Mandy illustrator Keith Robinson, who is also an author and from the town.

Keith, who featured in the Hartlepool Mail in September taking about the demise of the popular Dandy, will be running a workshop for adults tonight (Mon) from 6.30pm and tickets are £2.

On Wednesday, Jeff Price will be reading from his poetry collection, a Toe in the Tarn, from 6.30pm and tickets are £2.

On Friday, November 30, Sean Cooney will host Swept from the Sea; an evening of Hartlepool stories and song, from 7pm and tickets are £5.

To find out more about the forthcoming events, call the library on (01429) 272905.