All set for another Fakenham beer & folk festival success

Lynn Wykes and Terry Smith perfoming at the Fakenham Beer and Folk Festival

Lynn Wykes and Terry Smith perfoming at the Fakenham Beer and Folk Festival - Credit: Archant

It has grown popularity every year and with just one month to go before the start of the fourth annual Fakenham Beer & Folk Festival bands and sponsors are quickly signing up to join in the fun.

The pint glass for the fourth Fakenham beer & folk festival with a tribute to the late Mark Baldwin

The pint glass for the fourth Fakenham beer & folk festival with a tribute to the late Mark Baldwin - his signature on the guitar - Credit: Archant

Held at Fakenham Community Centre on Friday, March 20, Saturday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22 there is free entry and around 20 ales and ciders to enjoy along with live music from local bands in a friendly atmosphere.

All proceeds from the festival will once again go to Fakenham Community Centre and Kick Start Fakenham, an organisation which was set up to help promote and publicise the businessess and community groups in the town, and will help them to put on other town events such as Fakenham Fair, the Great Duck Race and organising the entertainment at the Christmas lights switch-on.

Community champion Mark Baldwin, who died last year, was very much involved in previous event, so this year his memory will be honoured in several ways.

One of the barrels is being sponsored by Mark's girlfriend Tammy, and the glasses, which are sponsored by Aldiss will have his name inscribed on the guitar design.


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The programme will also contain a piece explaining Mark's involvement, written by Catherine to whom Mark was married for many years.

The line-up of music so far, as organised by Kick Start member Dawn Wakefield, includes Anto Morra and The Fried Pirates setting the scene on the Friday evening, with Joe and Mary, Compass Moon, Smith & Wykes, Wolfswood, Daisy's Cat, Samphire, Datty Shud and the Scally Cats taking over the microphone on the Saturday. Norfolk folk band Rig-a-Jig-Jig will help round up the event on the Sunday.

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Also sponsoring a cask of ale are local companies Stephenson Smart, Hempton Bell Public House, Winthrop Poultry, General Townshend Club, Wensum.net, Newprint & Design & Fakenham Sun, NCS Carpet Warehouse, Dempsey Heating, Crisp Maltings and H Banham Ltd.

Sponsorship places are still available for £100 per cask.

Visitors will be able to buy a commemorative glass and six half pint beer tokens for the special price of £12 and free transport can be prior arranged courtesy of Norfolk Green.

Details of the ales and ciders on offer are still being finalised.

For further details contact Lisa Mallett at Sweets 'n' Things on 01328 855172 or visit the website www.kickstartfakenham.org.uk.

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