Monday, 23 October 2017

Elvis returns to Rock on the Hill

TICKETS have gone on sale for the second Rock on the Hill, to be held on Friday, May 20, the first evening of this year’s Fawley Hill Steam and Vintage Transport Festival.

TICKETS have gone on sale for the second Rock on the Hill, to be held on Friday, May 20, the first evening of this year’s Fawley Hill Steam and Vintage Transport Festival.

Elvis impersonator Ben Portsmouth will head the bill in the Big Top and radio presenter Mike Read will introduce acts such as Chas McDevitt and MP4, a rock band made up of four MPs who only perform for charity.

Organiser Lady McAlpine said Rock on the Hill, which was last held in 2014, would raise money for the Flying Scotsman Trust, which would distribute profits to charities.

People bringing tables of guests this year would be able to choose their table as the tent would be much larger.

The evening will begin with a champagne reception while the fairground is still in operation, followed by a buffet supper provided by Paul Clerehugh, of the Crooked Billet in Stoke Row, so that guests can eat and dance when they want.

A raffle during the evening will raise funds for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

The transport festival will take place from May 20 to 22.

It is hoped there will be 80 traction engines in honour of Sir William McAlpine’s 80th birthday as well as steam rollers, commercial vehicles, tractors, steam cars, vintage and veteran cars, a military display, tanks, fire engines, shire horses, camels, railway engines, the vintage fairground and stalls selling everything from vintage clothes to engine parts. Planes will perform a flyover.

The Gurkhas will manage the traffic and car parking and Great Western Railway is putting on a free bus service from Henley.

The Crooked Billet will have a pop-up pub in the Big Top and there will food from mostly local suppliers.

The resident steam train will run all weekend and visitors can take guided tours of the museum.

Lady McAlpine said: “The main purpose of the weekend is to raise funds for, and awareness of, small charities and conservation groups whose volunteers need all the help they can get and who do not waste funds on expensive premises and chief executives.

“The rule is that they must not just ‘bucket rattle’ but must entertain visitors or sell goods and several will definitely run vintage and second-hand stalls.”

For tickets, call (01491) 571373 or visit www.fawleyhill.co.uk



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