MORE than £2,700 has been raised towards repairs at St Mary’s Church in Long Sutton at a community auction.
About 200 people turned out to show their support and bid for a bargain at the event at the church hall on Saturday.
Parish priest Father Jonathan Sibley described it as a “tremendous” day.
“Having the sun helped because it brought people out but we had a steady stream of visitors come to view up to 1pm,” he said. “There must have been more than 300 lots and all but a few were sold.”
Donations to the auction included Burgess prints of Fleet and Gedney, football memorabilia, Wedgewood plates, toys and Victorian parasols. Even a boat and vintage plough stood in the car park.
The auction was the first event being held for a project to restore the east gate to St Mary’s Church.
Mr Sibley said the funds collected at the event gave them confidence to start preparations for the work.
He added: “Thank you to all who generously gave us gifts for the auction and everyone who attended.
“There really was a wonderful atmosphere.”
Upcoming events at the church include St Thomas’s Fair on July 3 and the South Lincs Youth Jazz Orchestra in concert on July 8.