Odiham Bands and Booze event hailed as a success

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VILLAGERS turned out in force for a celebration of live music and beer.

The Bands and Booze event saw scores of people flock to The Bury, Odiham, to sample beer from local breweries while listening to bands playing from a flatbed truck.

Among the acts on stage were the RAF Odiham Military Wives Choir, Future Tense and The Rollright Stones.

Mark Frost, a 50-year-old engineer who recently moved to the village from London, was at the event for the first time with his daughters Charlotte, 12, and Samantha, 10.

He said: “There is such a great community feeling here in Odiham and it’s wonderful that we can come to family events like this.

“It was a shame about the bad weather, but it didn’t put us off coming along. The music has been great and the beer’s not bad either.”

The event was organised this year by InOdiham, a group set up last year to improve the fortunes of the village’s High Street.

The group changed the event’s name from Blues and Booze to include other musical acts, and made its opening hours longer.

Jan Baker, an InOdiham member who runs The Frame shop, said: “It was wet but the event was still a huge success.”

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