TWO siblings will be touring the Ribble Valley to play Christmas carols to raise money for East Lancashire Hospice.

Olivia Hurst, 16, and her brother Matthew Hurst, 14, will be playing traditional hymns on their brass instruments in Billington, Whalley and Langho during December.

The pair play for Lostock Hall Memorial Band and Lancashire Youth Brass Band but due to Covid-19 have not managed to play with their bandmates since March.

Cathryn Hurst, their mother, said: “Olivia said ‘I can’t do December without carols’. They have both been lost as they haven’t had band since March.

“They decided to go and play on street corners and thought it would be nice to make a bit of money at the same time, so they decided to raise money for East Lancashire Hospice.”

Olivia has played the cornet for seven years and Matthew has played the baritone for five years.

“Feedback has been positive,” Cathryn added. “One of the streets that has booked is going to have all the neighbours stand on their doorsteps with carol sheets and join in singing.”

The pair have also had enquiries about playing at care homes. During lockdown, the duo would play after the Thursday Clap For Carers for their neighbours in Billington.