Final chapter of 24 Hour Book Sale

Hoping they will sell out

TARYN UTIGER
Last updated 05:00 08/08/2014
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BYE BYE BOOKS: Delwyn Singh is ready for a busy weekend at New Plymouth’s final 24 Hour Book Sale.

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Hundreds of booklovers will be stocking up on as many stories as they can today.

New Plymouth's 24 Hour Book Sale kicked off at 10am and will be the last one after 25 years of the event.

Delwyn Singh, of the New Plymouth Opera House Friends Trust, says organisers are hoping every last book will be sold.

"I'm going to have to buy a stack to keep me for many, many years," she says.

Singh has been volunteering for the book sale since day one and said although the event was only once a year, it took 12 months to organise.

"It's been a lifetime for me really," she says.

"That will be a big void in my life. I guess this time next year I will be volunteering elsewhere."

This year the sale has returned to its original home in the TSB Showplace, and has packed out the Theatre Royal with books, records, DVDs and even a collection of "elegant junk".

To celebrate the 25th year of the event the room will be decked out in fairy lights and balloons.

"We are trying to make it quite festive."

This year the hours for the event have also changed and while previous book sales have run continuously for 24 hours, this sale will shut down over night.

"Hopefully that means we may be able to get a sleep in between shifts."

Singh says more than 100 volunteers worked on the sale every year and each would be sad when the doors closed for the final time.

Among many reasons, organisers believed the event was no longer viable as profits had declined.

However, the trust has invested a lot of the money it made and would still be able to help fund some projects for the Showplace.

24 Hour Book Sale, Theatre Royal, today and tomorrow, 10am to 10pm.

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