A 170-YEAR-old town band is trying to raise thousands of pounds to secure its future.

Ulverston Town Band has set up a fundraising page after it was told to cough up £4,000 a year by South Lakeland District Council to continue using the Band Room at Canal Head. The band has occupied the rooms at Canal Head since 1972, with the rent currently set at £750 per year.

However, it has been raised by 400 per cent.

To donate, visit: www.crowdfunder.co.uk/ulverstontownband.