MUSICIANS will be coming together on Friday to boost Bridget’s Magical Music Pot, which was set up in memory of a Cockermouth woman who died last year.

Bridget Hilton's friends and family are staging a concert in town. It will feature Alte Musik, the early music group established as part of Cockermouth U3A and conducted by Bridget herself.

The group is now lead by Richard Bennett, who came up with the idea of the fundraising concert and asked Papcastle Wind Quintet to perform too.

Bridget's daughter, Kate Parry, who is in the quintet, said: "Bridget was very active in the local community, supporting and leading several musical groups. In fact she spent her entire life enabling people to have fun whilst making music.

"That’s why we set up Bridget’s Magical Music Pot, after she died, with the help of Cumbria Community Foundation. In time, this legacy fund will give out grants to support community music-making in West Cumbria.

"So far, we’ve raised nearly £15,000. That’s great, but there’s a long way to go to make this into a permanent endowment fund in Bridget’s name - that will require £50,000."

The concert will be held at 7.30pm in the United Reformed Church on Main Street. There will be a guest performance by Bridget’s son Chris Hilton, a professional violinist, and two of her granddaughters (Charlotte Parry and Imogen Hilton).

Entry is free. There will be a retiring collection for Bridget’s Magical Music Pot.