Auction helps raise more than £2,000 in seaside village

The signed print by  Pietro Annigoni.
The signed print by Pietro Annigoni.

The recent auction run by Beadnell Community Volunteers was such a great success that the group plans to turn it into a biennial event.

It had hoped to receive sufficient donated goods to provide the 166 lots sold in a previous auction in 2008 which raised £1,000.

In the event, due to the generosity of local residents and businesses, a total of 303 lots filled the Beadnell WI Hall.

These ranged from collectable items, furniture, linen, china, mirrors, toys, home baking and produce to original paintings, bikes and a much desired stone cat ornament.

Among the exhibits was a signed print by Pietro Annigoni, who became world-famous after painting the Queen in 1956. The picture was previously owned by the late Catherine Cookson.

The auction raised £2,100 which will be used, among other things, to provide flowers and bulbs for the six newly-installed planters at the entrances to the village and maintain the variety of Christmas lights the group has provided over the past few years.

Jen Hall, auctioneer on the day, said: “It was a lot of hard work for the 30 volunteers involved but it was also lots of fun and produced an outstanding result. So much so that we plan to hold another auction in two years’ time and hope this will become a regular fixture in people’s calendars. Next year we will be repeating the open gardens’ event, first held last year, which also raised over £2,000 for the village clock.”

Thanks have been given to everybody who helped out and supported the event in any way.