KNOTFEST:

Three day event’s a roar­ing suc­cess in vil­lage

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Tom Herbert tom.herbert@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.

STAR TURN:

War­wick and Sammy Davis with guests. Right, in the mix

Photos by Les Wil­liams and Jon Mikol www.buyapho­totms.co.uk BE155720/ BE155632

FUN DAY: Evie-May has her face painted by Karen. Right, the Hu­man Foos­ball gets un­der way. Be­low, Atomic Mut­ton

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