Music night in honour of Matthew

Matthew Cogley performing for a music video filmed above the Rose & Crown in 2012

Matthew Cogley performing for a music video filmed above the Rose & Crown in 2012

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A Chorley town centre pub will host an evening of music and fund raising tomorrow in honour of a popular musician who died suddenly on New Year’s Day.

Matthew Cogley, of Bolton Road, Anderton, who played around the world with band Failsafe, and was also a solo artist, was found dead in the early hours of January 1.

Folk are invited to The Lamp Lighter - formerly Last Orders - on Market Street - for the music night, which will also raise money for the music department of the Holy Cross Catholic High School, Chorley.

Matthew, 30, was a former pupil at the school.

His family set up a fund for the music department to spread his love of music and provide instruments to children with the same passion but who don’t have the means to afford the instruments.

The evening will start at 7pm and presents a plethora of entertainment, food and fund raising fun including a performance from local singer Brian Hobbs, who also attended the school, and local band Iviso, taking the stage for an hour’s set each.

Guests can also take part in raffles with lots of great prizes to be won, some of which have been donated by the pub, others by local businesses in the area.

The event is being organised by pub manager, Hannah Powell, who is also a close friend of the family.

Hannah said: “This evening will be a celebration of music and the joy it brings to people’s lives.

“Matthew’s tragic death affected our entire community and we are all coming together to honour him and help the Holy Cross High School continue the great work that they do with their music students, by providing them the opportunity to express themselves creatively.

“Everyone is invited and every donation, big and small, is welcome and will make a big difference to these children’s lives.”

Regular customers, family and friends have also come together to create a buffet of homemade dishes to be shared and which will be laid out from 7pm.

The pub, which has recently changed its name and had a makeover, will be decorated in green, red and black, the official colours of the Holy Cross Catholic High School and guests are encouraged to drop in loose change in charity buckets that will be placed around the venue.