Three days of mu­sic and fun

The area is gear­ing up for the fifth an­nual KnotFest char­ity mu­sic fes­ti­val, and or­gan­is­ers have pulled out the stops to welcome star of TV and film War­wick Davies to it. Tom Herbert finds out more about the three day fes­ti­val which raises thou­sands of po

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FOR three days Knotty Green will be taken over by a ri­otous mix of mu­sic and en­ter­tain­ment. Along with face paint­ing, tombola and var­i­ous other stalls, rev­ellers can en­joy a plethora of amaz­ing ac­tiv­i­ties for both young and old alike.

And, in a nod to per­haps some of the more whacky (and def­i­nitely not in tune with mod­ern health and safety stan­dards) TV game shows – which some­how don’t get made any­more – or­gan­is­ers have not only ar­ranged for a five-a-side hu­man foos­ball ta­ble to be built, but have booked some of the Wy­combe Wan­der­ers coach­ing staff to come down and ‘man­age’ any po­ten­tial play­ers and teams – who knows, they might even have a go them­selves?

In keep­ing with the fes­ti­val’s tra­di­tions of hav­ing celebri­ties open the event – pre­vi­ous stars have been TV pop star Suzanne Shaw, 90s singing sen­sa­tion Bev­er­ley Craven and TV pre­sen­ter Gabby Lo­gan and her hus­band, ex Scot­tish in­ter­na­tional rugby player Kenny Lo­gan – War­wick Davis has agreed to per­form the of­fi­cial open­ing and will be joined by his wife, Loose Women star Sammy and their two chil­dren, Annabelle and Har­ri­son.

War­wick, who hosts Celebrity Squares on ITV, said: “We’re all re­ally look­ing for­ward to it and meet­ing ev­ery­one. We might even join in with the mu­sic.”

War­wick Davis has ap­peared in the Harry Pot­ter films as charms master Pro­fes­sor Fl­itwick, in the Ricky Ger­vais writ­ten Life’s Too Short, and in Star Wars Episode VI: Re­turn of the Jedi, as the Ewok Wicket.

The fam­ily will be at The Red Lion in Knotty Green, near Bea­cons­field, from around 2pm on Satur­day.

KnotFest is now its fourth year and will be held at The Red Lion pub in Knotty Green over the whole week­end, on Fri­day, Satur­day and Sun­day, Septem­ber.

More than one hun­dred lo­cal mu­si­cians per­form for free to help raise thou­sands for The Thames Val­ley Ad­ven­ture Play­ground for chil­dren and young adults with spe­cial needs and other char­i­ties, in­clud­ing Lit­tle Peo­ple UK, which is run by Sammy Davis. Land­lady of the Red Lion, Tina Massie, who said it’s ‘amaz­ing’ how the com­mu­nity ral­lies around for this mas­sive event, is a re­cent re­cip­i­ent of a Great Bri­tish Pub Award for the best com­mu­nity pub in Lon­don and the South East.

She said: “We’re ab­so­lutely thrilled that War­wick, Sammy, Annabelle and Har­ri­son have so kindly agreed to open the fes­ti­val. When I heard the news I shrieked down the ‘phone I was so happy”.

Sains­burys have also do­nated all the burgers and the sausages for the hot dogs mean­ing 100 per­cent of the food prof­its will go to char­ity.

The or­gan­is­ers have also re­ceived do­na­tions from Booker Cash and Carry in High Wy­combe.

War­wick Davis, his wife Sammy, daugh­ter Annabelle and son Har­ri­son on the set of Celebrity Squares. Be­low, Gary Ro­man per­forms at last year’s Knotfest

Land­lord of the The Red Lion Tina Massie

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