Beer and music festival to celebrate re-opening of King’s Arms at Shouldham

PUBLISHED: 16:11 04 September 2014 | UPDATED: 16:11 04 September 2014

Landlord Ian Skinner at the bar of the King's Arms in Shouldham. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Landlord Ian Skinner at the bar of the King's Arms in Shouldham. Picture: Matthew Usher.

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After staging a beer festival to raise funds to save their pub, villagers are putting on another one – this time, to celebrate re-opening it.

Shouldham Beer and Music Festival, which kicks off next Friday, will celebrate the official re-opening of the King’s Arms.

Villagers raised more than £300,000 to buy the 17th century pub, which closed down two years ago, with the EDP supporting their campaign.

Supporters included Stephen Fry, who tweeted: “Always sad to see a Norfolk pub close. Good luck @SaveOurKingsArm with your community share issue and beer festival.”

After buying the pub on the village green – the last watering hole in a rural community which once boasted six – they renovated the interior.

Community days were held to clear the garden, weed the car park and get other jobs done around the premises.

Plans for the future include a café and providing meals for the nearby village school.

Landlord and manager Ian Skinner said “We’ve come so far in the past year, it’s amazing to think that this time last year we were still very much in the fundraising stage. The festival will be a real celebration of what has been achieved.

“The beer festival will have a great selection of real ales and ciders on offer over the weekend including the gold, silver and bronze winners from the Great British Beer Festival and a whole host of others including local and regional beers and ciders.”

Attractions on stage over the weekend include the up and coming singer-songwriter Abigail Blake, The Oscar Wallop Trio, The Mudcats, The Vendettas, local band Crackletube and Tony Brook & Yve MaryB.

The event will also feature a performance from Channel 4’s Mr Drew’s School for Boys rapping teacher Mark Grist who will be joined by Tim Clare, mixing comedy and poetry and engaging with the audience to create on-the-spot, ingenious and hilarious creations, for a knockout bout of wit and words.

The King’s Arms beer and music festival launches at 6pm on Friday, September 12 and runs until Sunday, September 14.

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