Gisburn celebrates World Book Night

FREE TOAST ANYONE?: Sharon Smalley, Gilly Catley and Maxine Bridge, are pictured from left to right, taking a peek at Gilly's copy of Toast. (s)
FREE TOAST ANYONE?: Sharon Smalley, Gilly Catley and Maxine Bridge, are pictured from left to right, taking a peek at Gilly's copy of Toast. (s)

Delicious Deli and Café’s customers relished the chance to take part in World Book Night on Saturday.

The Deli was selected by World Book Night to give out 48 copies of celebrity chef Nigel Slater’s book “Toast”.

Owners Sharon Smalley and Maxine Bridge choose the book from a selection of 25, with over one million books being given away nationwide.

Chef Sharon said: “We wanted to give away ‘Toast’ because it is a moving memoir about relationships and the importance of food within families.”

Maxine added: “The Deli already has a small lending library of our own books which customers are free to borrow. We think World Book Night is great because it is another way of encouraging reading.”

Regular customer Gilly Catley, from Simonstone, came over to the Deli especially to get her copy of the book. Gilly has borrowed books previously from the Deli, including The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, whose author Robert Tressell died 100 years ago.

Gilly said: “I love coming to the Deli on my day off and browsing the books to borrow. So the offer of a free book was too good to pass up.”

Such was the demand from customers that all 48 copies had been given away by 1-30 p.m. The lucky recipients included regulars who came in especially to pick up a copy and new customers who were pleasantly surprised to be offered a free book with their tea and coffee.

The Deli’s own library includes a range of fiction and non-fiction books, including children’s books that customers are free to borrow. Additionally there is a selection of cookery books that customers can browse whilst enjoying their food and drinks.