IF you are brassed off with the TV, why not head for the Bowes Museum tomorrow night and enjoy the sounds of Durham Constabulary Band.

The award-winning police band is doing its bit to help raise money for the Macmillan Cancer Relief County Durham Appeal.

Macmillan recently launched a major fundraising drive to improve services for terminally ill cancer patients.

County Durham has relatively few doctors and nurses who work in the specialist field of palliative care, easing the symptoms of patients with cancer.

Now Macmillan wants to raise £600,000, which will pay for a palliative care consultant and two more palliative care specialist nurses.

John Morrison, Durham Constabulary Band secretary, who will be playing tomorrow night, said: "We are delighted to be able to play for and support such a worthwhile cause."

Chief Constable George Hedges is a committed supporter of local causes and believes the band should play its part in supporting County Durham charities.

Two guests will be joining the band, well-known mezzo-soprano Kath Ireland and accompanist Gordon Trewhitt.

Chairman of the appeal, Ian Bonas, said: "No one is quite sure just why County Durham has such a high incidence of cancer. What I do know is that the appeal is determined to meet its target."

The NHS will take over funding three years after the Macmillan specialist and two nurses are appointed.

The concert at the museum, in Barnard Castle, starts at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £10 (£5 for children and OAPs).

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