Mayor to play a starring role in fundraising auction

Hilary Bolt at a previous auction raising funds for St James Church, Emsworth
Hilary Bolt at a previous auction raising funds for St James Church, Emsworth
On the evening of October 23,1970 two tankers collided six miles south of the Isle of Wight. 13 crewmen died.

Flames from the oil tanker Pacific Glory could be seen from Portsdown Hill

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THE mayor of Havant will bring down the gavel at a charity auction now in its 25th year.

Councillor Faith Ponsonby will act as auctioneer for the first 10 lots of the annual Emsworth Parish Auction on Saturday.

Rocky and rocking horse with Ted the bear

Rocky and rocking horse with Ted the bear

Each year hundreds of weird and wonderful items are donated to raise money for the upkeep of St James’s Church.

Hilary Bolt, who has been the main auctioneer for the past quarter of a century, said: ‘We’re delighted Cllr Ponsonby will be visiting us to bring the gavel down on the first 10 lots in the sale.

‘Mayors generally use a gavel to run meetings so we hope she’ll find this a bit different and great fun.’

Rocky and Ted, right, are joined this year by a wide variety of donations including militaria, jewellery, silver, pictures, furniture, vouchers for haircuts, dinners and MOT tests.

‘We’re really looking forward to the sale’, said Hilary.

‘We hope that selling all the donations brings in a good amount of money, as well as providing everyone with the usual afternoon of fun, laughter and entertainment.’

The sale takes place on Saturday, October 15 at the Parish Hall in Church Path, Emsworth.

Viewing is from 11am and the sale starts at 2pm.

Admission is £1 and children go free with an adult. There will be refreshments available throughout. As everything is donated there is no buyers’ commission.

For more information call Hilary on 07717 510294 or e-mail room101.emsworth@virginmedia.com.