AN ambitious appeal to raise £150,000 to restore a historic church to its former glory got off to a flying start.
Supporters of Holy Trinity Church in Seaton Carew released white balloons, including some in the shape of doves for the launch of the On A Wing And A Prayer appeal.
The occasion during the church’s annual Easter Fayre raised around £700 on top of £20,000 already in the fund.
Carol Cliffe, restoration appeal co-ordinator, said: “It went really well. It was quite moving as an occasion and the balloons looked fantastic going up into the sky.”
The church says urgent repairs are needed to restore the church in Crawford Street which has suffered from time, the weather and local industry.
The work will be carried out one wing at a time.
Crowds attended the fayre on Saturday morning where there were also stalls, raffles, games and competitions in the bright sunshine.
In the appeal’s next project, parishioners and local schoolchildren will be invited to enter an art competition. Entries will feature in an exhibition and an auction and the best will be made into a calendar.