There was a range of different craft activities to take part in, poetry readings, a raffle, and the opportunity to relive some of the history of the building since it opened in 1932. Over the years it has been known as Wilbraham Library, Fallowfield Cultural Centre, Fallowfield Library and now The Place at Platt Lane, and an archive was on display for people to look at historic documents such as a book about wood carvings, which was the very first book borrowed from Wilbraham Library all those years ago.
Afzal Khan MP attended the celebrations and Fallowfield poet Mike Garry paid tribute to the place which he says taught him how to read. The building was packed full of people sharing fond memories of the library over the years.
Louise Smallwood, who volunteers to help run a knitting group that gathers on Thursdays at The Place at Platt Lane, shared her thoughts on the library’s success:
“They do an excellent job here, it’s all run by volunteers and the place would just fold if it wasn’t for all their hard work.
“The libraries are very important, people don’t read these days and encouraging them to get involved with reading is a good thing. If it keeps on going like this, they could keep on going until they’re celebrating one hundred and eighty-five years!”
Stuart Lynd is a trustee at The Place at Platt Lane and he expressed his delight at the success of the celebrations:
"The party to celebrate the 85th birthday of The Place at Platt Lane was hugely successful and well attended, with an estimated 500 people visiting on the day.
"It was great to see so many people enjoying themselves taking part in the activities and sharing their memories. Events like this show the value to the community of The Place.
"We are very proud of our many volunteers, Library and trustees that made the day run smoothly.
"We are also grateful to Manchester City Council, One Manchester and Friends of Fallowfield who helped us to put the day on."