Three day event’s a roaring success in village
KNOTTY Green’s community has been lauded after members of the public rallied round to ensure the annual three day charity festival KnotFest was a roaring success.
Organisers were shocked to discover the whole of the village in darkness on Saturday morning after a fire in a cable link box on Penn Road knocked out the power with only three hours to go before the scheduled start time.
But regulars at the Red Lion Pub on Penn Road – where the festival is held – chipped in to raise the £100 needed for the generators to ensure the festival, which raises thousands of pounds for charity, could go ahead.
It meant KnotFest started only half an hour past the scheduled time, with Hollywood and TV superstar Warwick Davis and his wife, ‘Loose Woman’ Sammy, officially opening the event.
It seemed the fates had aligned for the festival as the weather was also praised as phenomenal.
The organisers are still counting the money but with some more still to come in, at the last count it was confirmed £3,700 has been raised.
Landlady of the Red Lion, Tina Massie, said: “It was absolutely wonderful the way everyone rallied round – to find the generators, collect them and then set them up in time.
“Then, when they heard what had happened, two of my regular customers offered to pay for the generators. It just shows what a fantastic community spirit there is here. It really was an absolute miracle – it made me cry.”
She added: “It’s great to see so many people having fun while raising money for two great causes.” Local bands that played to a packed house included Electric Jam, Generation, Trampoline, Little Wing, Splash The Cash and The Jukesters.
All the musicians play for free to help raise money for The Thames Valley Adventure playground for children and young adults with special needs and Little People UK, a charity set up by Warwick and Sammy Davis to offer support to people with dwarfism, their families and friends.
Warwick said: “What a terrific event. Sammy and I – and our dog, Sherlock – thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The music was terrific.”
Engineers eventually managed to restore the electricity supply at around 4.30pm.
Warwick and Sammy Davis with guests. Right, in the mix
FUN DAY: Evie-May has her face painted by Karen. Right, the Human Foosball gets under way. Below, Atomic Mutton