The Lovely Debbie McGee to bring a magical touch to this year’s Wargrave Festival

THERE is a magical touch to this year’s Wargrave Festival.

TV star, Debbie McGee, will be talking about her life with the late Paul Daniels who lived in the village.

Debbie will show never before seen clips of Paul, who was one of the country’s best-loved magicians, as well as talking about her appearance on Strictly Come Dancing.

Also giving the inside track on another top TV show, Bargain Hunt, is auctioneer Thomas Plant.

Thomas will not only talk about the programme, but will also host a fun quiz on all things antique.

This year’s Festival has a host of events from snooker competitions to classical music, a variety show to the famous Crystal Ball.

Committee chair, Graham Howe said he was excited about what was on offer: “There are twenty village organisations involved in running events including the local schools PTAs, Guides, History Society and many more.

“In addition, the committee run events such as Wargrave Words which includes an evening with three local authors, a Family Food day, Wargrave’s own Strictly as well as a traditional Parade and Fete.

“There will then be 38 events run over two-and-a-half weeks, closing with a Big Band in the marquee on Sunday June 30. The events cover every age and genre, set in and around the village with 10 nights of events in a marquee that can seat 400 people on Mill Green.”

The Festival started 46 years ago when the Rev John Ratings challenged his parishioners to provide something more than a traditional fete.

It is now an independent organisation run by a committee of 18 volunteers and is by far the biggest community festival for miles around.

Other events include champagne tasting, a walking safari supper, Shakespeare’s play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and a school maths event.

For full listings, times and more information, go to: www.wargravefestival.org.uk

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