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‘It wasn’t my decision to dump Bookworm’s old stock’ - Peter MacKenzie

Passing shoppers in Derry get something for free on Tuesday as thousands of books from the  Bookworm book shop, which closed in 2008,  in Derry were dumped in a skip outside the former shop in Bishops Street in the city. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 10.06.14

Passing shoppers in Derry get something for free on Tuesday as thousands of books from the Bookworm book shop, which closed in 2008, in Derry were dumped in a skip outside the former shop in Bishops Street in the city. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 10.06.14

 

The former owner of Bookworm in Bishop Street has told the ‘Journal’ it was not his decision to put the old stock in a skip in Bishop Street.

Well known businessman Peter Mackenzie said the last thing he wanted to see was all his old stock dumped.

“It wasn’t my decision to throw the books into a skip,” he said. “However when I was made aware that’s where the books were I said people may as well ‘help themselves.’”

“The last thing I would ever do is throw a book into a skip.”

Yesterday crowds of people gathered outside Bookworm where it’s estimated thousands of pounds worth of books had been left in a skip.

“I stood outside Bookworm in the rain last night watching people haul the books out of the skip. It was a sad moment but I was glad to see people getting the books.

“There was a sense of closure for me.”

Peter revealed how he had been made bankrupt in 2012 and done all he could since to find a buyer for the building.

He revealed recent negotiations which would have seen the building sold for £800,000 had fallen through.

After 35 years of being a bookseller in Derry, it has all come to en end,” said Peter.

“It’s a very sad thing. But I’ll keep going with my cafe in the walls and my website I’m about to launch called www.welcometoderry.com

“You have to pick up the pieces and move on.

“It’s extremely painful these days for me to even walk past the shop. At its height Bookworm carried over 28,000 different titles.

“But it’s now time to move on. The day of the independent bookshop is now gone.”

Peter says there could be more books coming out of the shop as he is not sure all of the stock has been taken out.

 
 
 

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