Corby man’s tribute event raises more than £2,000

Andy Coupland, pictured at last year's Corby Carnival
Andy Coupland, pictured at last year's Corby Carnival

A huge tribute event to a stalwart of the Corby music scene helped raise more than £2,000 in his memory.

Andy Coupland was 53 years old when he died last year following a battle with cancer.

An event featuring more than a dozen bands in three different venues around the town, the Zombie Hut, the White Hart and The Cardigan, was held last month.

Alexis Hughes, who met Andy through his association with the music scene, was one of the organisers and thanked everyone who had made the event a success.

She said that Mr Coupland’s family had asked for half the money raised during the event to be donated to Mark Young, a Corby man with terminal cancer who has a bucket list of wishes he wants to achieve before he dies.

Alexis added: “A total of £1,000 will be given to Mark Young’s family to help them make as many memories as possible.

He was well-known for giving many bands a foot on the musical ladder.

Alexis Hughes

“The remaining £1,023 is being given to Sands charity. This is a stillbirth and neonatal death charity which is close to Andy Coupland’s family.”

A cheque was presented to Mr Young’s family in Corby last night (Thursday).

Prior to his death, Mr Coupland was a keen band promoter and promoter of live music nights.

Alexis said: “He was well-known for giving many bands a foot on the musical ladder.

“As a DJ on Corby Radio, he also dedicated some of his airtime on his regular Saturday show to bands who come from the town.”

His funeral, held last year, was a Humanist one and there was much humour, especially focusing on Mr Coupland’s tendency to have accidents; he was injured once when a set of loudspeakers fell on him.

Funeral-goers wore bright colours at his request.

Speaking last year after his death, Paul Balmer, who lives in Oakley Vale and is an author and director of Music on Earth, said: “Andy was a wonderfully sincere man and great natural broadcaster.

“He was fascinated by rock music and liked interviewing me about my books and the many guitars I could bring into the studio.

“Andy will be greatly missed as he was an important part of Corby culture.

“I will personally miss his good humour and genuine interest in music.”