A BIG-hearted band will play for free at a concert to help raise £150,000 to restore crumbling parts of Hucknall Parish Church.

The Dispatch revealed earlier this year that an architectural assessment of the church (pictured) on Market Place revealed cracks in the tower.

Church leaders took action by launching a fighting fund with the aim of raising enough cash to carry out the work before the building becomes safe. A series of charity events have been lined up.

Now the popular Hucknall and Linby Mining Community Brass band have come forward to lend their services at a concert on Saturday September 3.

Money raised through tickets sold in advance and on the door will be ploughed into the restoration fund.

Ernie Whyley, of Hucknall and Linby Mining Community Brass, said: “Ever since we launched in Hucknall, the parish church has helped us out left, right and centre.

“We are able to use the building as a venue for a fundraising concert for ourselves and we can’t thank everyone involved enough.

“When the restoration fund came up, we thought it was only right we put something back into the community.

“This is a crucial cause for perhaps Hucknall’s most iconic building and we are only too glad to lend a hand.”

Hucknall and Linby Mining Community Brass made history last in December 2008 when they launched as the first brass band in the town for 20 years. They were created from a group of players who left the ranks of the award-winning Newstead Brass organisation.

Since then, they have gone from strength to strength

The Rev George Knowles, of the parish church, said: “This is a fantastic gesture from the band. The concert is, in effect, about the community helping the community. I am sure it will be a fantastic night.”