Landlord Ian Skinner (right). Picture: Tony Jones.

This weekend sees the return of the Shouldham Beer and Music Festival following a successful campaign to save the village pub from closure.

The King’s Arms – West Norfolk’s first community-owned pub – officially re-opens today (Friday 12) to coincide with the event.

Everyone is welcome to join in the celebrations, with live music, comedy and award-winning tipples on offer throughout the weekend, plus the chance to admire the revamped pub for the first time.

Residents raised £150,000 towards the cost of buying the pub through the SOKA (Save Our King’s Arms) campaign.

Last year’s beer festival was among the many fundraising events organised by the committee.

The King’s Arms, part of village life for 350 years, was shut for nearly two years and has undergone significant renovations over the last few months.

Landlord and manager Ian Skinner said: “We’ve come so far in the past year, it’s amazing to think that this time last year we were still very much in the fundraising stage.”

Shares in the pub were sold far and wide and the money raised by SOKA campaigners was matched by the Social Investment Business (SIB).

Mr Skinner added: “The festival will be a real celebration of what has been achieved.

“We will have a great selection of real ales and ciders on offer including the gold, silver and bronze winners in the Great British Beer Festival.

“We also have some brilliant performers lined-up including up-and-coming singer songwriter Abigail Blake, The Oscar Wallop Trio and The Mudcats.”

Rapping teacher Mark Grist from Channel 4’s Mr Drew’s School for Boys will also be joined by Tim Clare for a performance combining poetry and comedy.