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Sharktastic time had by all at film festival

Swanbourne Beer and Film Festival. Festival organizers in the beer tent, from the left, Sam Cornwall-Jones, landlord, Donna Rooney, Laura Berridge and Rachel Hollinrake. PNL-140823-211727009

Swanbourne Beer and Film Festival. Festival organizers in the beer tent, from the left, Sam Cornwall-Jones, landlord, Donna Rooney, Laura Berridge and Rachel Hollinrake. PNL-140823-211727009

Film and music fans – including some dressed as sharks – descended on a village festival last weekend.

The Betsey Wynne pub, in Swanbourne held a film and music festival, featuring showings of the films Jaws and Good Morning Vietnam and music from a host of quality bands.

The festival attracted a good crowd who enjoyed a variety of entertainment, food and drink.

There were around 20 real ales and 20 ciders on offer as well as burgers, hot dogs and stalls from local charities.

Landlord Sam Cornwall-Jones said everyone had a ‘cracking time’.

“The event was a massive success. It was a very gentle start to something I feel we could do on a regular basis,” he said.

“There were probably between 300 and 400 people over the weekend and the weather was kind to us – nothing rained on our parade.

“The quality of the bands was great and there was also a nice turnout for the films. We had people dressing up for Jaws.

“It was a really good atmosphere on both days. The pub was nice and busy too – it was great to have a bit of support.”

Music was provided by Rondeau, Rebel Yell, The Doc Brown Trio and Gravity.

The showing of Good Morning Vietnam, which starred Robin Williams, who died suddenly last week, was a last-minute addition to the event.

Mr Cornwall-Jones said: “We chose Good Morning Vietnam, not because it was Robin Williams’ best film, but because of his performance.

“It was cracking to see it on the big screen and it sparked a lot of conversation about him.”

He added he hoped the event would make a return next year.

 

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