TICKETS to watch the Gurkhas band performing in the region have gone on sale.

It is the fifth annual concert by the band of the brigade of Gurkhas and proceeds will go to the Gurkhas Welfare Trust.

The concert will take place at Darlington College on Friday, October 28, and has been sponsored by Sherwoods, the motor dealership based in the town. Tickets cost £10.

It will include a performance by Nepalese Kukri dancers and the audience will have a chance of winning one of three Kukris, traditional Nepalese knives.

Sherwoods supports the concert because the Gurkha Brigade is close to the heart of managing director Alasdair MacConachie.

His father, Lt Col Alan MacConachie, (7th Gurkha Rifles), was a staff captain with the Burma garrison when the country was evacuated.

He later returned as the commander of the 4th/5th Gurkhas battalion on the recapture of Burma, for which he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order.

Tickets are available from Penny at Sherwoods on (01325) 466155, the finance office at Darlington College on (01325) 503114 and the Gurkha Welfare Trust on (01969) 663551.