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Leonard, 92, is VIP guest at reopening of Harlington Library
A 92-year-old man has helped celebrate the re-opening of his local library – 50 years after his first visit.
Leonard Hartin was among the guests as Harlington Library re-opened it doors to the public refurbishment.
The library, which is attached to Harlington School in Pinkwell Avenue, now has an expanded children’s section, new study areas and 23 computers.
As one of the library’s oldest members, Mr Hartin also helped to welcome one of its newest, four-month-old baby Gurjot.
Leader of the council, Ray Puddifoot, unveiled a plaque, alongside the Mayor, Cllr Allan Kaufmann.
Cllr Puddifoot said: “While other local authorities are closing libraries or letting them fall into disrepair we’re the only borough to rebuild or refurbish each and every one – and we’re extremely proud to be doing this for our residents.
“Our libraries are community hubs, places for inspiration and fun that bring people together.
The project was part of Hillingdon’s £10m programme to refurbish the borough’s 17 libraries, due to be completed in early 2014.