When the explosion of colour and culture that is the Notting Hill Carnival lights up the August bank holiday Merton musicians will be on show for the first ever time.

Panash Steel Orchestra, who were resurrected in the borough thanks to supportive funding by Merton Council, will celebrate their 30th anniversary by becoming the first band to officially represent this corner of south west London at the interantionally renown event.

Originally formed in Harrow in 1983, Panash latter moved to Croydon before re-establishing themselves in Merton in 2009 Orchestra leader Jason Butcher says: "We have been performing every week to raise funds to participate.

"So far this year, we have performed at the Royal Albert Hall, Mitcham Carnival, South Bank and various festivals and community events accross the UK.

"We shall be appearing at the world famous International Pirate Day' in Hastings on July 21 which we hope will help draw attention to our efforts to raise funds for Notting Hill.

"Members are multi racial, cultural and generational, promoting a united community in the Merton area."

The group practices weekly at William Morris Primary school and the orchestra has established itself as the only one of its kind in Merton.

In order to push on from this chance to showcase themselves on a international stage Butcher is hoping to secure sponsorship from local businesses and were hoping the Wimbledon Guardian could help promote the group, with a view to requesting sponsorship or donations from local businesses and companies.

Buthcer, whose interest in playing steel pans grew from receiving a scholarship to go to Trinidad where steel bands originated himself, says: "We are entirely self funded and so any help we can receive would be greatly appreciated."

The carnival will spread across the bank holiday weekend but Panash will be making their appearance on Monday 26th August; alongside 17 other steel bands from all over the UK.

Nottinghill Carnival, Notting Hill, London, Monday August 26, free, www.panash-uk.com