MORE than £8,000 has been raised for charities at a Pembrokeshire concert headlined by world singing star Paul Potts on Saturday.

The sell-out event, staged by the Rotary Club of Narberth and Whitland, in the Follies Theatre at Folly Farm saw the international tenor delight the audience with a performance of 18 songs.

They ranged from top operatic favourites to songs from the Foo Fighters and stage and screen.

And he gained his third standing ovation of the night when he performed Puccini's Nessun Dorma, the aria which propelled him to fame ten years ago when he was the first winner of Britain's Got Talent.

Paul concluded the evening by presenting cheques for £2,000 each to the Wales Air Ambulance; the Pembrokeshire hospice at home charity, the Paul Sartori Foundation and Treat Trust Wales, which is fundraising to build a state-of-the-art rehabilitation centre on land next to Morrison Hospital, Swansea.

The Rotary Club's charity account will also benefit by around £2,000 to support its charitable work throughout the year.

The concert also featured Whitland Male Voice Choir, led by Juliet Rossiter and accompanied by Hefina Jones; soprano Sioned Llewelyn of Efailwen, currently studying at the Royal College of Music and violinist Lily Whitehurst from Tenby, currently based in Manchester.

At the end of the concert, all the artistes combined on stage for an unforgettable version of O Holy Night.

Said Rotarian John Hughes: "It was a fantastic finale which showed the professionalism of all the performers. We are absolutely delighted with the success of the whole evening, which was not only a magnificent event for the county but also a superb boost for charity."