THE Rotary Club of Turton are doing more than pushing the boat out for the Bolton Life Education Unit. They are "raising" the Titanic for a special concert at the Victoria Hall, Bolton, on March 21 when musicians from Smithills School music Department will be playing. And, for the first time, conductor Chris Wormald will feature music from the blockbuster film Titanic.

Proceeds from the evening will go to the Bolton Life Education Trust which tours local schools with a mobile classroom teaching youngsters how to take care of their bodies.

An Evening of Champions will feature, from Smithills School: the Senior Brass Band (1998 National and World Champion School Brass Band); the Senior Concert Band (1997 National Champion School Concert Band); the Senior Percussion Ensemble (1997 Joint National Champion Percussionists); the Senior Big Band (1998 BBC Big Band of the Year Finalists) and the Senior/Staff and Junior Choirs.

The Smithills musicians' main sponsors are Fort James UK Limited and Keogh Ritson Solicitors.

It is three years since the Life Education Unit which helps to educate children for a drug-free life was launched in Bolton. It was funded by the Bolton City Challenge Community Fund and managed by Rotarians in the borough.

Rotarian Frank Lord, Special Events Manager with the Rotary Club of Turton, said: "In the last full year in this town the unit reached 10,000 children. The aim is to reach a million children by the Millennium."

He added: "The unit, which does very worthwhile work, costs about £30,000 a year to run. The last of the contributions from City Challenge is due and from then on it is up to the local Rotary Clubs and local people to keep it going."

Tickets for the concert, which starts at 7.30 pm, are available from: The Ticket and Information Centre at Bolton Town Hall (01204 364333); Booth's Music, Churchgate (522908); Smithills School Reception (842382) or contact Frank Lord, 4 The Coppice, Bolton, BL2 3EP.

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