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A FARM will be taken over by music lovers this weekend to raise cash for a vital first aid service.

Bands in the Barn is one of the highlights of the Hayling Island social calendar and people come from miles around to enjoy the atmosphere in the rustic barns and the more sophisticated cocktail bar.

It is held at Manor Farm, in the north of the island, each year and raises money for local charities.

For the past few years the Hayling Island First Responders have been beneficiaries and almost enough has been raised to buy the charity a new car to get to emergencies on the island.

Steve Duncan, the man behind the event, said: ‘We are raising cash for the First Responders again this year to complete the payment of the car.

‘We have two bars and the cocktail bar and the ticket includes barbecue and dessert. What better way to spend a summer’s evening than listening to great music whilst raising money for charity?’

This year’s bands include 13-piece Freestyle Funk Collective who have played regular gigs at Drift, Tiger Tiger and supported Courtney Pine at the Wedgewood Rooms.

Joining them will be local band Superheroes who play soul and rock with covers for The Killers, Stereophonics, U2 and more. There is camping available for tents and caravans and cars can be left overnight if they give organisers prior notice.

Its format has changed but in the last 18 years more than £100,000 has been raised for mainly local good causes.

Bands in the Barn takes place from 7.30pm until midnight on Saturday.

Tickets cost £21 and include food. Buy them from Hayling Community Centre or bandsinthebarn.com.