A Weekend With: Peter Chegwyn

Peter Chegwyn
Peter Chegwyn
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Local councillor and Wickham Festival organiser Peter Chegwyn is 56 and lives in Gosport. He’s hoping for sunshine when his family-friendly, folky festival returns to Wickham.

· What would be your ideal weekend destination?

Torridon in the Scottish Highlands. I love climbing mountains and the rugged beauty of the Scottish Highlands never fails to inspire me.

· Not counting your loved ones, who would be your dream companion?

Anyone who shares my love of wild, remote and unspoilt places. Plus the local MP for Torridon, Charles Kennedy, who would know the best whisky bars.

· What music would you take with you?

Traditional Scottish or Irish plus anything by the Northumbrian piper Kathryn Tickell.

· What about something to read?

An autobiography by a famous politician or comedian. Many politicians are comedians. I respect those who are capable of laughing at themselves.

· What would be your ultimate way to relax?

If I can’t escape up a mountain then I enjoy visiting museums, music festivals and unspoilt country pubs, also rural railways that survived the Beeching cuts and meander through beautiful scenery.

I enjoy travelling around Britain and observing how other people live.

· If money were no object, which shop would you head for?

I wouldn’t. I’m not a shopaholic, though I do need to buy some new socks.

· What’s your all-time favourite film?

Half A Sixpence with Tommy Steele and Julia Foster. Pure escapism about an orphan who inherits a fortune and climbs the social ladder before losing everything and realising you don’t need money to be happy.

· We’re buying the drinks tonight. What’s your poison?

Real ale from one of Hampshire’s many excellent small breweries. Or a cup of tea. I’m easily pleased!

· What are you doing this weekend?

Working round-the-clock preparing for next weekend’s Wickham Festival and watching the weather forecast every hour while praying for lots of sunshine and no more rain. We’ve some fantastic musicians at Wickham this year including Jools Holland, The Proclaimers and K T Tunstall plus lots of entertainment for all ages.

· What’s a favourite local destination for a weekend day out?

The Isle of Wight where I lived for six years or the Meon Valley. Lovely country walks, wonderful scenery.

For more information about the Wickham Festival go to: wickhamfestival.co.uk