A group of ukulele players has raised lots of money in memory of a much-loved Cockermouth musician.

Cockermouth Ukulele Band raised over £375 in memory of Billy Bowman, who died last year.

They busked outside his shop on Lowther Went.

The money will go to Bridget's Magical Music Pot, which was set up in memory of music-lover Bridget Hilton and supports young musicians.

Ukulele player Jen Wright said: "All our musicians in Cockermouth Ukulele Band have at one time bought instruments from Billy Bowman's music shop, it's the go-to local music shop and we're always in and out of there.

"When he passed away we wanted to do something to honour him and his reputation as a superb musician.

"Bridget's Magical Music Pot was one of his favourite charities, providing a legacy for young local musicians to help them further their musical pathway."

The band is a group of friends who enjoy meeting up, singing and playing together. "We aim to have fun as we develop and improve as musicians," said Jen.


"The band performs for a variety of audiences and events within the local community and has regularly performed at Cockermouth Live!, agricultural shows and local festivals."

Over the years fundraising performances have helped a number of charities, including West Cumbria Hospice at Home, North West Air Ambulance, mountain rescue teams, The National Trust, North Lakes Food Bank, flood recovery and those suffering from the effects of the war in Ukraine.