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Books galore . . . Brianna Ramsay (5), Ruby Tremaine and Charlie Tremaine (4) proudly display books found at the annual Gore Pakeke Lions book sale. Children's books proved popular this year. PHOTO: KAYLA HODGE

A record-breaking $26,000 raised from the Gore Pakeke Lions book sale has made treasurer Henry McFadzien a very happy man.

Mr McFadzien was overwhelmed with the community’s continued support of the annual sale.

“It’s a record for the sale – it’s great.

“We’re so pleased with the public’s response,” Mr McFadzien said.

After commission was paid about $25,000 would be going back into the community.

The money was already pledged to the Gore and District St James Theatre Trust.

The trust is working towards creating a lift at the theatre which Lions members felt strongly about, he said.

Thousands of books were up for grabs at the sale with people providing books from Queenstown, Wanaka, Dunedin, Southland and even Christchurch.

“One of the people said this was by far the best book sale they had ever seen.

“There’s some really quality books that are given to us.”

War books were always popular among the crowd but the children’s books were a top seller this year.

“There was a phenomenal sale – we almost sold out of them [children’s books].”

Plants, produce and puzzles were also a hit.

“There was an insatiable appetite for the jigsaws,” he said.

Produce came from Central Otago and was almost “cleared out” within the first day.

Lions members also grew some of the produce themselves, he said.

A well designed layout to the sale was the key to its success, he said.

“There’s designated areas to each area.

“The layout’s known so everyone knows where their interest is catalogued.”

The sale was held at the Hokonui Pavilion and more than 300 people attended the opening night on Thursday.

About 40 Lions members were involved on the first night.

Members from the Hokonui Lions and Air Training Corps 28 Squadron Gore members also lent a hand, Mr McFadzien said.

More than 300 people visited the book sale on Friday and Saturday. The sale was an incredible undertaking by book sale convener Doug Dixey, he said.

“Doug’s got it well sussed, where everything goes and how it’s laid out now.

“It’s almost an all year round job for Doug.”

Mr Dixey would start preparing for next year’s sale next month, Mr McFadzien said.