A LONG-STANDING tradition which supports pensioners at Christmas starts this Sunday.
Ipstones Frothblowers raise funds by holding auctions at pubs in the parish during September and October.
The money then allows each retired person in the parish, which covers several villages, to receive a Christmas gift.
The Frothblowers were formed more than 50 years ago following a flower and vegetable show at the former Red Lion pub at Ipstones Edge.
After the show, exhibitors did not know what to do with the items, so they were sold off to raise money.
Every year since the auctions have taken place at six pubs in the parish. However, two are now closed leaving just four auctions to raise the funding.
Despite the loss 363 pensioners each received £12 each last Christmas.
Secretary Julie Riley, said: “We hope people will again support us so this long tradition can be maintained.
“This is a tradition which has been going on since the 1950s and is well received even in the present difficult financial climate.” This year the auctions will start at 7.30pm prompt, to enable visitors and organisers to finish at a reasonable time.
The first sale will be held at The Fox and Goose at Foxt this Sunday, September 22. This will be followed by The Marquis in Ipstones on September 29; The Red Lion, Ipstones, on October 6; and the Sea Lion in Ipstones on October 13.
Any saleable items including cakes, jams, fruit, vegetables, bric a brac and any household goods will be very much appreciated, and can be delivered to any of the pubs on the day of the sale.