THE sweet sound of a brass band will be raising cash to help a centre for homeless people.

Songs from the shows and lively marches are promised when the Salvation Army's Yorkshire Fellowship Band play a concert at St Andrew's Church, Newmarket Street, on Saturday, March 25, at 6.30pm.

And the Mayor of Skipton, Cllr Martin Emmerson, will be on hand to welcome concert-goers.

Proceeds of the event will go to The Orchard, a centre set up by the Salvation Army in Leeds Road, Bradford, which is currently home to 42 men and women who could otherwise be on the streets.

Tickets are £12.50, with concessions of £10, including refreshments, and are obtainable by telephoning 01756 700565.

Payment can also be made on the door, though organisers say they would be grateful to have some idea of the numbers attending in advance for catering purposes.

The Orchard was taken over by the Salvation Army two years ago when local government funding for the homeless unit had to be withdrawn because of spending cuts.

The project is being supported by President of the Rotary Club of Keighley Marie Hickman, who has made it her 'presidential charity.'

She said: "The Orchard is a wonderful project which provides much-needed help for vulnerable people.

"I would urge people to come along to support it - and hear some superb music played by a wonderful brass band at the same time."