Denton West End library, in Tameside, has now reopened under community control after town hall funding was pulled.

An official launch ceremony was attended by members of the campaign group, who will now help to run it, Forever Manchester’s Chief Executive Nick Massey and Denton and Reddish MP Andrew Gwynne.

The library faced closure last year in council cuts – now, after 14 months of fund-raising and work, it is now open and lending out books again.

David Booton, from Denton West End Community Library, said: “This is a very exciting day for all of us involved in this campaign.

The library is now owned and run by the community, for the community and we are extremely proud of what we have achieved together.”

Mr Booton said it could not have been done without the hard work of volunteers and help from Forever Manchester.

Nick Massey, who helped the Friends group raise money to buy the library from the council, said: “This really is a fantastic example of what can be achieved by local people with a passion for where they live.This team of committed people have combined their skills and contacts to bring about this amazing result to benefit the community as a whole, we are delighted to have been able to play our part.”