A pub hopes to become the county’s number one live music venue after winning £10,000 in a national competition.
The Railway Inn, Oakham, beat scores of other pubs from across the UK in the Music Makeover competition, run by copyright campaign group PRS for Music.
The pub will now get the chance to work with the Musicians Union, The British Bar and Pub Association and music equipment supplier GAK to become the live music destination in Rutland.
Railway Inn owner Shaun Jackson said he was delighted to have won the competition. He added: “It was really a case of ‘let’s try it and see what happens’. We knew we had a good argument. There’s a heck of a lot of talented musicians around here.”
The pub has a large function room which Shaun has been trying to turn into a gig venue since he took over. And he is determined to promote Rutland talent.
He said: “There is so much around here at a grassroots level. Our intention is to equip the room out and let local bands use it free of charge for practice space.
“We are hopefully doing our bit for the local scene and the bands are getting a chance to hone their skills.”
PRS for Music chairman Guy Fletcher said: “We were very impressed with Shaun’s passion and enthusiasm for developing an unused area of The Railway Inn and providing a dynamic space for local bands to practise and play.”