Almost three hundred people were entertained by The Wurzels last night at The Cricketers Inn at Longparish. The event, which had been organised to support Cancer Research UK and The Countess of Brecknock Hospice in Andover, was hosted by landlords Paul and Donna Smith.

Landlords Paul and Donna Smith with The Wurzels all photographs courtesy of Kathryn Dawson Photography

The event was well and truly sold out long before the night arrived and tickets included a free hogroast roll courtesy of Greenfield Pork. Before The Wurzels arrived, the crowd was entertained by ‘Steel Strum’ who are a very talented street performing duo from Chichester made up of Alex Clifton and Simon Stewart. They performed many popular hits including ‘Royals’ and ‘Stand by Me’ and went on to end the evening with their music afterwards.

Tommy Banner, Pete Budd, John Morgan and Sedge Moore made up The Wurzels and paid tribute throughout the evening to Adge Cutler who was a founding member of the ‘Farmyard Four’ over forty years ago.

The Cider flowed freely throughout the night and many enjoyed a pint or two throughout the performances which were held in a marquee in the beautiful pub garden.

The Wurzels kept the crowd going with their puns and jokes in between performing some of their well known numbers such as ‘I am a cider drinker’ which a lot of the crowd empathised with throughout! More hits included ‘The Blackbird’, ‘Don’t Tell I, Tell ‘E’, and the all time favourite ‘The Combine Harvester.’ The group also delighted the crowd with their hit cover of ‘Ruby’ originally by The Kaiser Chiefs.

David Smith, who helped support and organise the event, spoke to Andover and Villages last night and hinted at future events to come which will include performers such as The Stranglers attending the local village pub. David also hopes that The Wurzels will attend again next year. A fabulous time was had by all and the organisation throughout along with the attendance of security to keep things running smoothly made the event a huge success.

All photographs are courtesy of Kathryn Dawson Photography and are copyright Andover and Villages.

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