A MONTHLY book sale which has raised thousands of pounds for Uttoxeter charities is set to open its doors for the last time as a rise e-books sales and charity shops has led to a loss in profits.
The Uttoxeter Lions' second-hand book sale has been a popular event in the town for around 15 years and has raised more than £6,500 for local causes.
For the last eight years it has been run by Lions club members Mick and Sue Crisp but tomorrow it will return to St John Ambulance Hall, in Carter Street, from 9am to 2pm for the last time.
There are still around 3,000 books which have been donated by residents to sell and after tomorrow's event the Lions members will attempt to sell the remainder. The couple will also sell rare books on eBay to raise extra cash.
Mr Crisp said: "I have mixed emotions about it really as I think this is the longest time we have done anything for.
"I think it will be nice not to be committed to that Saturday each month as we have only missed two in eight years and one was because we were on holiday and the other as work was being done on the hall.
"I will be a bit sad but I am not getting any younger and it is getting to be a physical drain. I have enjoyed doing it over the years so it will be sad but in other ways it won't be.
"We have put it to the club to come up with ideas on how to sell the remaining books to get more money for the charity but it does also depend on how long we can keep them at the hall.
"We did hold a half-price sale last week and will do that again tomorrow and if people buy a load of books we may be able to come up with a deal."
The couple also have autographs and signed books which they will be sell online to raise a little more cash. Autographs include sportsmen from the 2012 Olympics, stars of Downton Abbey, Ben Elton, Paul Whitehouse, Michael Palin, Eric Sykes, Jacqueline Wilson, Kelly Holmes, Damon Hill and Tony McCoy.
Mr Crisp told the Post and Times: "We have the best selection of books in Uttoxeter and we don't just deal in mainstream stuff.
"We have around 30 different categories and ones which you will not be able to find anywhere else.
"Those with unusual tastes or requirements may also be able to find something in the collection."