The Rolling Stones were riding high at the top of the charts with Get Off my Cloud when the first book was borrowed from Sandy Library back in 1965.
Harold Wilson was prime minister, Elvis presley’s movie Harum Scarum had just been released, James A Michener’s novel The Source was top of the New York Times bestseller list and England’s football heroes were eight months away from winning the 1966 World Cup at Wembley.
Cusomers and staff celebrating the anniversary enjoyed a buffet lunch prepared by the volunteer group Friends of Sandy Library with a donation from Tesco and a special cake made by Gunns Bakery and cut to mark the occasion by the Mayor, Cllr Will Jackson.
Sandy Historical Society provided a photographic display of the library and town over the past 50 years while library manager Madeline Phippen and her staff created an archive of pictures and newspaper cuttings.
Executive member for community services Cllr Brian Spurr said: “We’re proud that Sandy, like all our libraries, has benefited from our modernisation programme. We have bucked the national trend of closures to set out a positive future for the service that can best meet the needs of our residents.”