AN art exhibition is being held at the end of the month to raise funds for cash strapped March and District Amateur Operatic Society.

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Ross Black’s drawings will be on display from November 23-25 at March Town Hall.

The society has decided it can not afford to put on a ‘main’ production next year and will instead focus on smaller shows in order to secure its long term future.

Mr Black said: “I know we are in hard financial times so I will be happy with whatever the drawings make. I just hope people turn up to support the society.”

Claire Lily, member of the MADAOS committee, said: “Any support we get is crucial. The fact that Ross has offered to donate his drawings will help us no end.”

MADAOS was formed in 1957 and has presented a ‘main’ production at Easter evey year since 1958 but rising costs and falling audiences have led Claire to question its long term future.

She said: “We are self funded and not eligible for lottery grants since we are not a charity.

“It costs a huge amount to put on a show and in the current financial climate people do not have the money to pay for tickets.

“ We hope that by reducing the size of shows we can give ourselves longevity but if I’m honest I’m not sure the society will be sustainable in the long run.”

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