Spitfires on standby for flying visit to village festival

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A heady mix of fine ales and entertainment will be on tap at a village beer festival this Saturday.

But visitors to the Fifth Somborne Beer and Music Festival should also keep their eyes on the skies, as weather permitting, there will be a fly past by two Spitfires.

Organiser Doug Stammers explained : “We wanted to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the First World War this year, but it hadn't actually started by June 14th 1914 so we thought an iconic sight from the Second World War, very much in progress during June 1944 would be a perfect solution.”

The event, which takes place from 2pm on the recreation ground at King's Somborne, will also features performances from Weorod, an early medieval re-enactment group from Portsmouth “We started the festival back in 2010 as part of a series of fund raising activities to renovate our Village Hallm” said organiser Doug Stammers. “It has taken a long time but we are finally starting the last phase of the renovation this summer so we wanted this year's festival to be rather special.”

Supplying the music inthe afternoon will be The Basingstoke Silver Band's Oompha Band, The Verwood Concert Brass 'A' Band, celebrating their 150th year, and the Southampton Ukulele Jam ensemble.

The team 'The Crown Inn' will be running the bar, which will be stocked primarily with beer from Hampshire breweries.

“The pub has been closed since the floods and has only just re-opened so we're really looking forward to getting back behind the festival bar again” says landlady, Jude Evans.

There will also be a range of hot and cold food and drink on offer all afternoon along with a mix of craft stalls and children's entertainment.

In the evening the entertainment inside to the main hall with performances from three local bands Badge, Black Pig and Ben Goddard.

“All the afternoon acts are new to the festival this year” comments Doug , “so we thought we'd invite back some of our favourites from previous years for the evening session this year. Badge played at our first festival, Black Pig our third, and Ben will have appeared either as a solo artist or with his band at all five.”

Festival tickets cost £5 for the afternoon only or £10 for afternoon and evening and are are available at www.sombornebeerandmusic.weebly.com or at their Facebook page. Tickets will also be on sale at Cross Stores or Martins Shop in the village or from Doug on 01794 389192.

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