The Hawk Conservancy Trust, based in Amport, hosted a fund-raising event - Fly by Night - to raise funds for a key conservation project.
"This evening comprised a very effective combination of art, flying and music, to raise funds for an endangered species of vulture in India and Pakistan - the Oriental White-Backed Vulture"
"The dead cattle on which the vultures have fed for centuries are now impregnated with a chemical which kills the vulture in 72 hours. 30 million have been lost in recent years and the species is threatened. The Hawk Conservancy is anxious to help preserve the species by looking after some of them in the UK - until the offending chemical is banned in India and Pakistan and it is safe for the vulture to return."
Rolf Harris got the evening off to a flying start by launching the art exhibition. "Local artists had displayed their paintings, sculptures and engravings - with part of the proceeds helping the Trust. Vivi Mallock, Claire Norrington and Patricia Hilton-Robinson all had works on display and many were snapped up. An auction raised several thousand pounds and in between there was a display of flying to music arranged by Ross Mallock."
At the end there was a Midsummer Owls Flying Display, and music was provided by the Kaleidoscope Quartet.