CAMPAIGNERS have been forced to accept defeat in their 11th-hour bid to save four Moray libraries from closure.
Moray Council voted last week in favour of retaining the libraries at Burghead, Cullen and Dufftown, but shutting the facilities in Hopeman, Rothes, Portknockie and Findochty.
The Save Our Libraries Moray group has since sought emergency legal advice, in an effort to save the four remaining libraries at the last-minute.
However, Vivien Hendry, who helped lead the campaign, admitted yesterday (Thursday) that those efforts had been unsuccessful.
All four libraries are scheduled to close tomorrow (Saturday).
Ms Hendry said: "I have been gathering further evidence for consideration by the advocate who has been advising me in relation to the possibility of raising judicial review proceedings against Moray Council in the Court of Session.
"However, having received that legal advice, I have with great regret decided that legal action can not presently be taken forward.
"My solicitor and advocate advise that although there are grounds for judicial review, the issues and costs related to closing the other libraries are unclear and a court case would be protracted.
"Therefore, to avoid unnecessary costs to the public, I am no longer going to pursue the legal avenue at this time."
For much more on this story, see today's 'Northern Scot' print edition