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VISIT HELMSLEY NEWS • Updated , 7:12 pm

A flying visit – Jonathan Pomroy signs books at Claridges in Helmsley

Claridges book shop in Helmsley will be hosting a book signing with local author and wildlife artist Jonathan Pomroy on Saturday 17th November.

Between 2pm and 3.30pm Jonathan will be signing copies of his book ‘On Crescent Wings’, a portrait of the swift, featuring sketches, paintings and observations, as well as conservation tips.

Jonathan Pomroy has a personal connection to the town, having co-founded Helmsley Swifts, which encourages residents and businesses to make a concerted effort to welcome the birds, providing them with suitable homes ahead of their breeding season in May. The species is now amber-listed by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), due to a dramatic fall in breeding numbers.

Four bird boxes were attached at the rear of Claridges book shop in the Spring as part of the efforts of Helmsley Swifts. Swifts only land to nest and they are adapted for life ‘on the wing’, feeding, drinking, bathing and even sleeping in the air.

Ken Claridge, who owns Claridges on Helmsley’s Church Street, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming Jonathan Pomroy to Claridges this month for a book signing. Swifts are fascinating creatures and it’s easy to see how Jonathan has packed sketchbooks full of drawings and watercolours of the Swift in the nest and in flight. The book would make an ideal Christmas present. It is full of useful advice and information to ensure we look after the swifts – we were more than happy to put the shop forward to have some swift boxes fitted back in May, and it was a delight to see so many swifts in Helmsley this year.”

The book retails at £20. If you are unable to attend the event, please telephone 01439 770401 to pre-order your signed copy.

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