Politician turned author highlight of town festival

April 30 2018
Politician turned author highlight of town festival

FORMER home secretary Alan Johnson will be in Chipping Sodbury to take part in the town’s annual festival.

Mr Johnson, who stepped down as a Labour MP in 2017 after 20 years in parliament, will be guest speaker at an evening event in the town hall on Wednesday, June 13.

As well as his political life, he is expected to talk about his three published memoirs, two of which won literary awards.

This year’s festival runs from June 8-17, with music, talks, workshops and a quiz included in the programme.

A talent show, an open day at Hanson’s quarry and a wine tasting event have also been organised.

During the festival, music will be provided by the likes of rock ’n’ roll band The Alligators and For the Record.

A jazz night will also feature performances by The Storyville Strutters and Cass Caswell, together with a seven-piece band with Sinead McCabe.

The traditional Music in the Street event also returns, while regular festival U3A bike rides will this year be joined by taster walks organised by Southwold Ramblers.

Another new event will see the Sodbury 800 celebrations launched with a concert in St John’s Church by Joglaresa, brought to the town by Chipping Sodbury Music Society.

Sodbury 800 marks the 800th anniversary of the signing of the royal market charter, which heralded the birth of Chipping Sodbury as a market town.

Joglaresa, with Belinda Sykes, is a medieval folk ensemble and tickets for the 7pm concert on Sunday, June 10, can be bought online at https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/csmusicsociety or from a variety of town shops.

The popular street fair and carnival will be the feature of the closing weekend and if weather permits, will include a flypast by a Dakota plane.