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Former Student Returns Library Book 65 Years Late, Pays 1,500 Fine

Sir Jay Tidmarsh, 82, recently spotted his school’s stamp inside an old book. The former student returned the book to Taunton School in Somerset (which he left in 1949) and paid the 65 year late fee of £1,500. Of course the late fee was more of a donation that Tidmarsh has now made to the library. Neil Longstreet, director of the Taunton School Foundation, has said he will officially pardon all other former students holding on to Taunton library books in hopes it will raise more funds to develop the library.

The book Tidmarsh had unknowingly held on to is Ashenden by W. Somerset Maugham–a collection of short stories about a British spy in World War I.    

Sir Jay Tidmarsh with the copy of Ashenden. Courtesy: The Guardian/Taunton School/PA

Sir Jay Tidmarsh with the copy of Ashenden.
Courtesy: The Guardian/Taunton School/PA

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