A SPITFIRE fly-past, 1940s dancing and appearances by air raid wardens and the home guard were among the sights on offer at Stanmore's ex-RAF base.

The event took place on Saturday at the RAF's former Fighter Command, Bentley Priory, in The Common, to raise money for St Luke's Hospice, in Kenton Grange, Kenton.

Visitors enjoyed dancing, military, brass and steel pan bands, an aviation and military and art exhibition, and re-enactments. They took afternoon tea on the lawn of the Grade II listed mansion house.

The theme for the celebration was picked because the base became the RAF's headquarters for the Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain.

The charity raised £20,000, a valuable amount since less than a third of the hospice's funding comes from the government.