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Top banjo player to perform at Golden Age fair

One of Europe's top professional banjo players is making a special guest appearance at the Golden Age Fair in Walsoken this month (August).

Banjo Man Sean Moyses

Sean Moyses, the "Banjo Man", will be performing for an hour (1.30-2.30pm) at the fair at Walsoken Village Hall on Tuesday, August 23.

A Wisbech man, he has taken his music all over the UK and Europe as well as to the United States, Russia and Japan. Described as "original, quirky and engaging", he promises world-class musicianship and easygoing entertainment.  

The fair is being organised by Fenland District Council partnership with Wisbech Town Council.

Councillor Mike Cornwell, the council's Cabinet member responsible for Golden Age, said: "It's a great coup to have got Sean to play for us. He'll definitely add something special to the fair and hopefully attract a big audience.

"These events are primarily aimed at the over-60s but we're very keen to encourage younger people to come along to them, too. There's lots of help and useful  information on offer for people who have elderly parents, for example, or other friends and carers."

The fair will be on from 12.30pm to 4pm. The hall will be full, with 24 stands booked.

Organisations and groups taking part include Care Network, Age UK, the Handyperson service, the Alzheimer's Society, Diabetes UK, Circle Roddons, Consumer Protection and Street Pride.

Volunteers from Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue will be offering free new electric blankets in exchange for old ones and the council's New Vision Fitness leisure team will be putting on two, 30-minute chair-based exercise sessions (12.45pm and 2.45pm).

The Fenland Ferret will also be there to give advice on benefits.

Councillor Garry Tibbs, the Mayor of Wisbech, urged locals to support the fair, which is the first Golden Age event to be held in Walsoken for about five years.

"The town council is very pleased to be teaming up with Fenland's Golden Age team to bring this event to Walsoken," he said. "With so many other areas to cover across the district it may be some time before it comes here again."  

Article added August 8, 2016