Band tunes up for a worthy cause

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THE Northumbrian Water Ellington Colliery Band will be performing for a good cause in Morpeth.

Morpeth Rotary Club’s annual charity Christmas brass band concert will welcome the renowned group, which is led by talented young musical director Jonathan Fenwick.

While a number of local organisations will benefit from the event, it is mainly an international charitable fundraiser.

Rotary International, working with the World Health Organisation, is raising money for the End Polio Now campaign to get rid of the disease in the last few countries where it is regularly active.

All of the Rotary clubs in the world, including Morpeth, have committed to raising £1,000 each year for the three years to 2012 to raise matched funding of $200 million put up by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The concert will take place in Morpeth Methodist Church, Howard Terrace, on Saturday from 7pm.

Tickets are £7 each and free for children up to 16, with light refreshments included. They are available from Brumell and Sample Solicitors in Bridge Street on 01670 517536 or on the door.