Evening of music in memory of banjo player

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A MEMORIAL night will be held at a Portsmouth pub in honour of a popular banjo player.

The Winchester Arms, in Winchester Road, Buckland, is throwing an evening of music on Friday evening to remember musician Steve Jones.

The occasion will mark the fifth anniversary of Mr Jones’ death.

Four bands who knew the instrumentalist will perform during the event, which starts at 7.30pm.

Paul Fewings, landlord of The Winchester Arms, said he had known Mr Jones since they were teenagers.

Meanwhile, the pub’s annual beer festival has been hailed a success.

The event over the May bank holiday weekend saw customers being treated to 20 real ales and ciders.

Live bands performed and guests got to sample some Latin American street food courtesy of The Monkey’s Uncle.

Most of the beer and cider on offer was finished off by the end – and Paul now hopes to hold a cider bash later in the year for those who want to come back for more.

The event has been running for eight years.

He said: ‘The festival wasn’t too bad at all.

‘Hundreds of people came to it over the weekend which was great.

‘Lots of people normally ask me after Christmas when it’s on, they look forward to it.

‘People like the range of beer.’

Paul added: ‘It’s a chance for the community to get together, people from far and wide come along.

‘I’m thinking of holding a cider festival later in the year as they seem to go so well.’