SALVATION Army band members are hoping to end the year on a high note at their Christmas concert this Sunday.

Band boss Ian Arthur hopes everyone will come along to the Port Glasgow Salvation Army Church and join the community faith group for their 2pm carol service.

After scaling down last year's concert to meet Covid-19 guidelines, the band are thrilled to be back in full pomp.

This year's service will feature an eclectic mix of music to fit with the concert's theme of 'A Very Varied Christmas'.

In addition to traditional Christmas carols, there will also be guitar music and the band's timbrel section has cooked up a special surprise for attendees.

The show will also feature a nativity story - told with an entertaining twist.

Ian has invited all of the partners that the Salvation Army has worked with during the pandemic to come along and play a part in proceedings.

After the service, mince pies and tea will be on offer for attendees.

Those who can't make it to the service in person will still be able to watch along virtually through the Port Glasgow Salvation Army Facebook page.

A recording of the concert will also be uploaded to the group's YouTube page so that those who couldn't watch live or come along can still join in with the festive cheer.

Ian, who is the corps officer at Port Glasgow Salvation Army, told the Tele that he hoped the Christmas service would help people regain a sense of normality.

He said: "I'm really looking forward to people to gathering together as a community.

"It's free to come along so we're hoping to see lots of familiar faces as well as some new ones.

"The pandemic has had a big impact on people's ability to celebrate things together.

"It'll be fantastic to give some of the new faces that have come to us over lockdown the chance to meet everyone else.

"For a lot of people this has been a very difficult year, so to be able to hold this event is just wonderful and we hope that people across Inverclyde will come along and join us."