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Press Release 27 March 2010
£300,000 bequest to stage annual brass band contest.
Dr Ian Martin, of Darlington, County Durham, who died in 2007, had a passion for brass bands. Every Christmas his local brass band, Cockerton Prize Silver would come and play carols, for which the band received a modest donation, at his house, named ‘Wainstones’ after a picturesqe craggy outcrop in the Cleveland Hills,
In his will, he bequeathed £300,000 for a trust to be set up to fund a contest, to be held locally each year at which ‘The Wainstones Cup’ could be presented to the winning band together with significant prize money in order to attract world-class brass bands.
A condition of the trust deed is that at least one trustee must be a member of Cockerton Band’s executive committee. The Dr Martin Trust was set up in 2009 and plans are now well established to hold the second competition on September 11 2011 at Middlesbrough Town Hall.
Organisers hope to attract the very best bands by restricting entry to championship section band only and limiting the number of entrants to 15 bands. The contest is offering substantial prize money with £4000, with The Wainstones Cup being awarded to the winning band and £2000 for the runners up. £1000 will go to the band coming third and trophies for best solo and best march will also be awarded.
A spokesperson for the organisers said “This bequest came out of the blue as a complete surprise and we found the prospect of organising a world-class competition somewhat daunting. We were delighted that Cockerton Prize Silver would be associated with the competition with a stipulation from Dr Martin that Cockerton’s name be engraved upon the Wainstones Cup as its first ‘winners’. The Dr Martin Trust has a single purpose; to organise this competition so Cockerton Band can’t directly benefit from all this money, which is unfortunate at a time when our band room needs significant refurbishment and a new set of uniforms is required for when we appear, as 2nd Section Northern Regional Finalists, at the National in Cheltenham in September”
A contest website, www.doctormartintrust.com is now live where further details will be found including how to apply for a place. Entries will be charged at £150 per entry and bands successful in obtaining a place will receive a £300 appearance fee on the day of the contest.