One of the world's most successful authors is backing a ten-year-old boy's campaign to protect the library service in Cornwall.
It comes as council cuts across our region leave the future of hundreds of libraries in doubt, with some facing closure and others having to reduce their opening hours. Our Cornwall Correspondent Steve Hardy reports.
We asked Michael Morpurgo why he's worried about libraries in Cornwall - and in Devon where he lives. This was what he said:
One of the world's most successful authors is backing a ten-year-old's campaign to protect dozens of libraries across Cornwall.
War Horse author Michael Morpurgo is backing Leon Remphry's campaign. The 10 year old has made a video to promote his campaign 'right to read'. Leon needs 5,000 signatures on his petition to get a County Council debate. He currently has 4,500.
It comes as council cuts across our region leave the future of hundreds of libraries in doubt, with some facing closure and others having to reduce their opening hours.
Exeter's Christmas Lights will be turned on in the city tonight. Local athlete Jo Pavey will do the honours at 6:30pm in Princesshay.
40 year-old Pavey, from Honiton, became the oldest European female champion in history when she won the 10,000m final this year.
Devon author Michael Morpurgo is in the running for a major literary award.
The War Horse writer is among 20 competing for the £30,000 Costa Book of the Year prize.
His novel Listen to the Moon, which is also about the First World War, is on the children's shortlist.
The result will be announced on 27 January.
Demolition work will start today on the Carlton Theatre in Teignmouth to make way for a new multi-use community building.
The new Pavilion in South Devon will have a 210-seat auditorium which can be used for performances, exhibitions, conferences and other events.
Artists will start recording the updated Band Aid track this weekend Midge Ure has said:
#bandaid30 "Nothing to do with nostalgia," says Sir Bob. US and some European countries will also record their versions.
Sir Bob Geldof and Midge Ure have called the announcement that a new version of the Christmas hit Do They Know It's Christmas? is "the worst kept secret this year."
He went on to say that the lyrics to the song will be changed to reflect the Ebola epidemic that the track will be in aid of.
The new Band Aid 30 track will be recorded on 15th November and will be available on 17th. It will not be available on Spotify until January.
Sir Bob Geldof said that they have yet to discuss the VAT options with the government but are hopeful that they will reach a deal to ensure more money goes to the charity.
Sir Bob Geldof and Midge Ure have confirmed some of the artists that will be involved in the Band Aid 30 track.
- Chris Martin
- Ed Sheeran
- Emeli Sande
- Ellie Goulding
- Ollie Murs
- Sam Smith
- One Direction
Bob Geldof performed with his band The Boomtown Rats in Exeter last night (Sunday 9 November) amid speculation that he's planning a new record to commemorate 30 years since Band Aid. His passion to help remains the same but a song hasn't yet been agreed.
It's 30 years almost to the week of the first record so there's a lot of pressure on me to do something but there has to be a purpose, I'm not interested in nostalgia I'm not really interested in talking about the past, never mind looking at it, there ain't no rear view mirror in this car so it has to be now.