A FORMER Zimbabwe Test cricketer is to speak at the Wargrave Festival.
Henry Olonga, the first black man to play for his country, is best known for wearing a black armband at the 2003 World Cup to “mourn the death of democracy” in Zimbabwe.
He was forced to flee to England due to the backlash and now works as a singer and author.
He will speak at St Mary’s Church in Station Road on Sunday, June 14 at 10.30am.
It is one of 41 events that will take place at the biannual festival over two weeks in June.
Meanwhile, the church will host its annual flower festival on Friday and Saturday, June 26 and 27 from 10am to 5pm.
The theme is hats, with decorations including First World War helmets, pirate hats and farming headgear.
Ceramic poppies from the Bloodswept Lands and Seas of Red display at the Tower of London will also be included in the display.
There will be refreshments available at the Mad Hatter’s café.
Admission to the festival is £3 and free for children. A preview event will be held at 6pm on June 25, where guests will be offered a glass of Prosecco Entry costs £7.