Crowds flock to Derry dumped books

Published Tuesday, 10 June 2014
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Almost 100,000 new books were dumped into a skip outside a Derry bookshop on Tuesday after the receiver ordered that the contents of the shop, which closed two years ago, should be disposed of.

Hundreds of people, many of them tourists, made off with their hands full, boxes full and in some cases, car boots full of books after they were dumped into a skip outside the former Bookworm shop in Bishop Street in the city centre.

The books, valued at £60,000, were all new. They included academic publications, university coursework books, novels, sports books, plays, and professional publications for nurses, doctors, architects, quantity surveyors, solicitors and for accountants.

As word quickly spread crowds descended on Bishop Street to avail of the book bonanza.

Many motorists double parked causing temporary traffic jams as they helped themselves to dozens of the books.

The biggest demand was for children's books, especially Shrek 2, Postman Pat and Noah's Ark.

Looking on as the skip was filled and re-filled with the books was Peter MacKenzie, the former joint owner of the Bookworm bookshop.

"I opened the book shop in 1978 and it was my life's work until I was declared bankrupt in 2012. The books were my assets which were seized.

"The building was also seized and now it has been for sale for the last two years with an asking price of £375,000. Four years ago the same building was valued at just over £2 million.

"It's heartbreaking to see what was once my life's work being dumped into a skip but at least the books are being grabbed by members of the public and fair play to them", he said.

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siobhan in derry wrote (134 days ago):
so sad to see bookworm closed peter was a lovey man i can remember going there to order book's he and the staff were so kind i don't fully understand what went wrong but for him to throw and book's to the skip must have been very hard I wish him all the luck in the world for the future
David in Newtownards wrote (136 days ago):
It is disgraceful, schools here or in other lands could've had the textbooks surely. Clearly the administrators aren't readers. (Other Options from the Zero Waste website).
Mary Jo in Antrim wrote (136 days ago):
People in these positions of Power do not really care about the small person these days and they obviously no how to squander other peoples assets. Not a bit of wonder society is in state it is in .....this being yet another contribution to the mindless state we live in nowadays!!!!!
Raymond McManus in Belfast wrote (136 days ago):
If those people wanted those books so much, why didn't they keep the shop open by actually buying them?
bronagh Anderson in belfast wrote (136 days ago):
this is a sin why could the books not have been donated to a library or charity library's arn't getting new books because of cutbacks what a waste
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