A BOWLER hat and an old fashioned trouser press are among a host of attic treasures to be auctioned off to raise money for a community centre.

The items have been donated by users of the Neville Community Centre, Newton Aycliffe, to help raise funds which are needed to improve facilities at the venue.

The centre, which was taken over and renovated by the Friends of the Senior Citizens a year ago, has been enjoying a new lease of life, but it is still in need of a new floor and a disabled toilet.

Peter Beaty, from the centre, said: "This is the third auction we have had and the other two raised about £1,500. We are hoping that this will raise in excess of that.''

The bowler hat was brought along to the centre still in its original box, with a price on it of 1s 6d.

Mr Beaty said: "It is still brand new and has never been worn.

"We have had a lot of kind donations, including a sideboard, easy chairs, three-piece suite, wardrobes, televisions and radios. We need the money badly for the renovations.

"We have already spent a fortune on it but it needs a new floor, a disabled toilet, a new fence and the curtains all need cleaning and fire-proofing.

"It is money well-spent, because it is used seven days a week now by people of all ages from all over the community.''

Donations for the auction, which is on Saturday, October 30, are still welcome. Peter Beaty can collect items, and he can be contacted on (01325) 313924.