Fears “priceless” Bata Collection could have been destroyed in arson attack at East Tilbury library

THERE are fears that the world-renowned Bata collection at the East Tilbury library could have been destroyed as a consequence of the arson attack on East Tilbury library this morning.

The Bata Collection houses artefacts relating to the Bata Factories at East Tilbury from the thirties to the present day. Visitors from all over the world regularly come to the collection housed at the library.

Chair of The Bata Reminisence Centre. Mike Tabard said: “These are too early days to establish what has happened. We are speaking to all the relevant authorities and only after that will we be able to assess the damage.

“Naturally, we are all pretty shocked”.

East Tilbury councillor Sue Sammons said: “We have all woken up to the devastating news that during the early hours of this morning a car has been mindlessly backed into our community library and has caused a fire destroying the building.

“This building is also home to The Bata Heritage centre and houses irreplaceable artefacts that have been donated by families of people living and working at Bata over the years.”

“This devastation appears to be an act of mindless vandalism.

“The library is used by several of our community groups and this will cause many problems as to where these groups now go.

“I am hoping that Thurrock Council will now step in and support us with funding for a new community hub with a new GP surgery attached.

“The library needs to be replaced otherwise East Tilbury will be left with nothing, which would be deverstating for such a small community.”

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