Dalmellington Band are aiming to give back this Christmas by hosting a charity concert in aid of three very special causes.

Dalmellington Band was formed in 1864 and continues to be an important part of the culture in the Doon Valley today.

And this year, the vibrant and passionate group of musicians are holding a Christmas Concert with all proceeds being split evenly among three charities.

These charities are Muscular Dystrophy UK, Ayrshire Hospice and MND Scotland.

Emma Blain at the Band explained: “The Band won some money which was aimed at giving back to the community so this concert is part of what we’re doing with that money.

“We wanted to give something back after 18 months without any concerts. The members do have personal links to the three charities that we chose.

“Our recent concerts have gone great, it’s been great to be back playing again. On Hallowe’en, we performed in Beith then in Ayr Town Hall where we worked with the Ayrshire Fiddle Orchestra.

“On Sunday there, we were in Prestwick playing for the Memorial Service.”

Emma continued: “This Christmas marks a bit of a change from what we normally do.

“We normally have a patron concert but we wanted to thank everyone who’s been generously donating over the course of the pandemic and all the new patrons who have signed up with us.”

The Christmas Concert, which will also feature Dalmellington Brass Band, will take place on Sunday, December 19 at 2.30pm, with doors opening at 2pm.

It will be held at Dalmellington Community Centre.

If you would like to attend the grand event, you should contact tickets@dalmellingtonband.com or call 0745120278 to reserve tickets.