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Music cup tribute to Evelyn; Evans Young entrants get a trophy of their own.

Byline: By Steve Evans

EVELYN BATES, the musicloving grand old lady of Bed worth, is being honoured in the town she was proud to call home.

Evelyn died less than two years ago, just five months short of her 102nd birthday.

But her passion for music and her lifelong belief in the talents of children will live on - acknowledged by a trophy put up in her memory.

Younger children in Bedworth will now be competing for the Evelyn Bates Cup when they enter the junior section of the town's Young Musician of the Year contest.

Evelyn, who lived all her life in just one house - in Frances Crescent, Bedworth - died in May 2006, aged 101 years and seven months.

Her daughter, June Gibbs, also of Frances Crescent, said: "Mum really enjoyed music and really liked to encourage young people in all walks of life. We thought this trophy would be a fitting tribute."

The Young Musician of the Year competition is promoted annually by Bedworth Rotary Club and held at the town's Nicholas Chamberlaine School, in Bulkington Road.

June said: "Our daughters were guided through Nicholas Chamberlaine School and did very well.

"My mum, their grandmother, was always there encouraging them and we just thought a trophy would be a nice way of thanking her for all her encouragement over the years."

June's husband, Chris, a member of Bedworth Rotary Club, said he and fellow Rotarian Walter White had visited junior schools in the town last year to drum up support for the competition.

He said: "When we spoke to the children, it became clear that the juniors did not have a trophy to compete for, although the seniors do have their own trophy."

Senior entrants to the competition - those in Year 9 and above - compete for the Fred Taylor Cup, donated by Rotarians in memory of the founder of music store, Taylors of Bedworth.

This year's competition will take place at Nicholas Chamberlaine School on Wednesday, February 27, starting at 7pm. It is open to children in full-time education who live in or attend school in Bedworth or Bulkington.

Entrants should write down their name, age, school, their year group, and what instrument they play, and hand it in to the reception desk at Nicholas Chamberlaine School. For further details of the competition, phone Walter White on 024 7634 5532.

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RB310108JUNE2 LASTING LEGACY... June and Chris Gibbs with a photograph of June's mum, Evelyn Bates, on her 100th birthday. Picture: Robin Bidgood
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