A NIGHT of music raised money for one of Cheshire's busiest charities.

The Fish Lip Soup Big Band performed at the Harlequin Theatre, in Northwich, to raise £2,474 for the mid Cheshire branch of the Samaritans.

"It was a sell-out, which hopefully shows how popular the band’s music is and also how much people want to support the Samaritans,” said Carrie Musa, director of the mid Cheshire branch.

“We have to thank the Fish Lip Soup Big Band who mostly give their time and skills for nothing as well as the theatre who are so helpful and accommodating.”

Music on the night included April in Paris, Harlem Nocturne and I Get a Kick Out of You to name just a few.

A generous donation from Barclays Bank helped take the amount raised to £2,474.

The money will help the Samaritans continue their work in Northwich, Winsford and Knutsford, which includes answering more than 1,000 calls, 100 emails and 90 texts a month.

The branch also supports people in need across Altrincham, Lymm, Hale and Hale Barns.