Take a seat in Val’s chair

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Val Doon­i­can: A Life in Mu­sic takes place on Sun­day, from 2pm to 5pm, at Hall Barn.

The singer’s daugh­ter, Fiona, has agreed that pro­ceeds will be do­nated to Wy­combe Home­less Con­nec­tion.

Val was on UK prime time Satur­day night TV, viewed ev­ery week by mil­lions of British peo­ple, for many years in the 60s, 70s and 80s, and was one of the most well-loved house­hold names of that era.

He was best known as an Ir­ish mu­si­cian and easy-lis­ten­ing crooner, but few peo­ple know that he was also an ac­com­plished artist and many of his paint­ings will be on pub­lic dis­play for the first, and maybe only, time.

For a small fee, vis­i­tors will get the chance to be pho­tographed in the fa­mous rock­ing chair that fea­tured in his weekly TV show.

His daugh­ter Fiona will be present and able to chat per­son­ally with vis­i­tors, to rem­i­nisce about her fa­ther, who lived in Bea­cons­field for many years un­til his death in 2015, aged 88.

Tick­ets for the event cost £5 in ad­vance, or £7 on the door. Ad­vance tick­ets are avail­able by email­ing ad­min­is­tra­tor@val­doon­i­can.com.

Hall Barn (HP9 2SG) is through the gates at the south­ern end of Wind­sor End, in Old Bea­cons­field.

Af­ter­noon tea, with home-made cakes, will be pro­vided as re­fresh­ments to en­joy while view­ing the ex­hibits.

Fig­ures re­leased by the De­part­ment for Trans­port re­veal how many sec­onds drivers will spend at a stand­still for ev­ery mile they travel on an A-road.

So for a daily com­mute of five miles, a driver should add around three min­utes to the jour­ney to get to work on time.

Any­one trav­el­ling 20 miles can ex­pect a de­lay of around 10 min­utes.

The lat­est sta­tis­tics, cov­er­ing 2017, show there has been a rise of 3% on the pre­vi­ous year.

While Buck­ing­hamshire’s drivers may get fu- ri­ous about traf­fic jams, they are ac­tu­ally de­layed less than the ma­jor­ity of Eng­land.

Eng­land over­all has an av­er­age de­lay time of 47 sec­onds per mile.

Queues can be caused by any­thing from fuel spills, emer­gency re­pairs and bro­ken down lor­ries, to con­ges­tion dur­ing peak times.

The fig­ures show that traf­fic jams, one of Bri­tain’s least pop­u­lar na­tional pas­times, are get­ting worse.

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