THE price of a ticket for this years Rock on the Hill charity gala hosted by Sir William and Lady McAlpine has been cut.
The £25 reduction to £125 is designed to boost numbers at the event, which will take place at the couples Fawley Hill estate on the evening of Friday, May 16, before the Fawley Hill Vintage Festival weekend.
The ticket price includes valet parking, use of the fairground, a champagne reception and a buffet dinner with wine cooked by Paul Clerehugh, chef-proprietor of the Crooked Billet in Stoke Row, and VIP access with McAlpine hospitality to the festival, which will take place over the following two days.
The entertainment will include performances by BBC Radio Berkshire presenter Mike Read, Sam Browns ukulele band, award-winning Elvis tribute act Ben Portsmouth and skiffle player Chas McDevitt. After-dinner tickets to see Portsmouth and the other artists are on offer for £45 each.
Lady McAlpine said: We had received slight concerns that people thought the tickets were too expensive so we have cut the price. Those people who have already bought tickets will be refunded the £25 difference.
It is very important to get people there as we have several very important lots in the charity auction and raffle which money simply cant buy. We have also had quite a few people asking to come and see Ben as Elvis so we wanted to make room for them as well.
We will have lots going on, such as fire and belly dancers, and the fairground will be open for people to use but you cant get in without a ticket! There will be surprise guests and Hello! magazine clearly thinks there will be a lot of interesting people there as it is covering the event.
Charities signed up to fund-raise at the gala are the Wilderness Trust, the Chiltern Centre for disabled children, the Ways and Means Trust, Row2Recovery, Child Bereavement UK and the Gurkha Welfare Trust.
Meanwhile, more than 150 traction engines and steam rollers will be on show over the weekend. There will also be a wide range of vintage bikes, cars, military and commercial vehicles, racing camels, a Spitfire and Hurricane, Tiger Nine and other planes.
Members of the Henley Amateur Operatic Dramatic Society will perform Oh! What A Lovely War and Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman will introduce the production at 1pm on the Sunday.
The gurkhas with be present with their regimental band and curry tent and Woodcote amateur historian Mike Willoughby will stage his Lest We Forget exhibition.
On the Saturday and Sunday more than 50 small charities and conservation groups will hold raffles, sell goods and refreshements and run games.
An adults ticket costs £12 per day or £20 for the weekend. For children aged 13 to 17 the cost is £6 per day or £12 for the weekend. Children under 13 enter free. The OAP concession is £10 per day or £18 for the weekend. For more information and to book tickets, call (01491) 574873 or visit www.fawleyhill.co.uk