NOT one, not two, but 24 hours of tennis was completed by dozens of Holt locals who raised nearly £1,000 in aid of Wiltshire Air Ambulance.

Between midday on Friday and midday on Saturday, around 40 people, ranging in age from 17-80, did their shifts of singles and doubles at the village's tennis club for the Moon Tennis Marathon.

Some did just the one hour and others, such as Joy Bloomfield and Jilly Andrews, did a gruelling six hour shift from 10pm-4am at the floodlit courts.

And when the clock struck 12pm on Saturday, a large group turned up to celebrate the end of the challenge with some well earned treats and a glass of prosecco.

"It was a really successful and enjoyable thing to do. It was great to be part of and everyone had a great time," said one of the organisers and members of Holt sports and recreation committee Jo Lilley.

"I played singles from midday to 2pm on Friday and then returned for 2am-4pm in the dark but thankfully the weather was very much on our side.

"Joy and Jilly put in a marathon shift. They are such troopers. I was surprised that they could still stand. I assume they collapsed afterwards.

"It was great to see such a mix of ages taking part raising money for a good cause. We did this eight years ago so this has been long overdue.

"Some members of our netball club came and took part which was very good of them and many more came along to celebrate the end of the marathon. I want to thank everyone who made this possible."

At 4-5pm on Friday, Holt locals David and Mary Anderson, Jilly Siddall and Ryan Deeley were locked in a battle in the sunshine.

"Last time we did it, it was pouring with rain and everyone had to wear cagoules but this time we have been absolutely blessed with this glorious weather," said Mrs Siddall.

"We are locked at 3-2 in an epic contest. It is great to be part of and hopefully we can raise lots for Wiltshire Air Ambulance."