A GRAND ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at Barrow Library to mark its official reopening after its million-pound refurbishment.

Everyone in the Barrow community was invited to a free family fun day at Barrow Library on Saturday to celebrate Cumbria County Council’s £1m investment into one of the town’s landmark buildings.

The celebratory event marked the official opening of Barrow’s flagship Customer Connect building following completion of the £1m redesign.

The day was jam-packed with activities including: a fancy-dress competition, face painting, storytelling, a magic selfie mirror, a tombola, archive tours, exhibitions, a photography competition as well as live music from local band ‘Whiskey Getaways'.

Plans have been in the works to refurbish the library, based in Ramsden Square, since late-2019 in a bid to make the library building more accessible to the public, open up existing space and develop it into a key customer hub to benefit the entire community.

New additions to the centre include: a cafe area, a sensory room for children with additional needs, a new children's library and a soundproof pod.

Chair of Barrow Local Committee, Cllr Kevin Hamilton and Cumbria County Council chairman Tony Markley were given the honour of cutting the ribbon to mark the library's official opening.

Cllr Hamilton said: “The Barrow Library building redesign project has delivered a wonderful community asset for everyone, including families with children that have disabilities, autism or other additional needs."