Celebrating Cingston’s Life


“It was a touching, special day when the life of 24 year old musician Cingston Wickliffe-Brown was celebrated,” said the Hororata Village Bar and Café (HVBC) co-owner Jarnia Kupe.  Cingston sadly passed away from a rare kidney disease in December 2018. The fundraiser was organised by the Café as a Sunday Music Jam and Pie Eating Competition with proceeds going to Cingston’s wife, Becca Brown and young children Kailo (one year old) and Kora (four weeks old). “The event was well supported by Cingston’s friends and whanau,” Jarnia said. “Carleah Wickliffe-Brown, Cingston’s sister, even travelled from Putaruru in the North Island to attend this event in honour of her brother,” Jarnia added. “She sang songs they had composed together and was ever so grateful for the day of tribute to her brother.”

Fourteen year old Manaia Davies sang ‘Remember These Days’, another original composition by Cingston and the crowd were also entertained by local artists Emma Sparey and her daughter Paige with sing-a-long tunes and their fantastic voices.

Holly Kimber, who just gets better and better, also made an appearance,” Jarnia said. “She has sung at many of the HVBC Sunday Music Jams in which Cingston had also performed and was honoured to share this day with everyone. Christchurch Musician, Lino Luafutu made sure the crowd were constantly entertained in style and made the fundraiser a fun, enjoyable, afternoon. The Butcher’s Pie Eating competition provided many laughs, in line with Cingston’s love of pies!” Jarnia smiled. “Pie eating entrants, Dan Falconer, Andrew Bellanti, Tom Clucas, Ryan Pritch and Max Snook all paid $20 which went into the donations kitty to see how many Butcher’s pies they could eat in five minutes! The winner was Andrew Bellanti, who although was the smallest guy in the group, managed to take the win with ease,” Jarnia laughed. “All in all it was a great, fun day to celebrate a great, fun guy,” she concluded.