THE STRATHMORE Golf Centre near Alyth held a hugely successful fund-raising event for the Tayside & Fife Committee of the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust last Thursday.
Just short of £16,000 was raised at the Bids and Birdies auction thanks to generous donors, bidders and the auctioneer David Leggatt.
Guests enjoyed a carvery supper before the keen bidding began for a catalogue of lots.
As well as offering the best sporting opportunities such as deerstalking, fishing and golf, the committee had gathered a Santa’s list of items.
One of the top lots on the night was an acrylic painting of flowers in vases by local artist Lynne Fleming which sold for £1,000; a signed copy of ‘Captain Partridge and the Fire People’ by Katrina Candy went for 10 times its guide price; a holiday home on Tiree went for double its valuation and a rare opportunity to visit a black grouse lek, including bed and breakfast, sold at six times its guide price.
Chairman George Fleming said: “I must thank my hard working committee, our very generous donors and the huge support from those present on the night.
“The funds raised from this event will benefit the work of the GWCT in Scotland whose research and practical advice is of huge benefit to our natural environment.”
The auction was generously sponsored by Savills, Thorntons Solicitors and United Auctions.