CELEBRITY chef and cooker writer Sophie Grigson will open Shipston’s Midsummer Festival in the town on Sunday, July 4.

Ms Grigson will open the festival in the High Street at 11.05am after Shipston Town Crier Marion Ladd “cries in” the event at 10.55am.

The event, organised by Transition Shipston, includes music from the Silver Bough Band at 11.10am; gipsy-style belly dancers at 12.15pm; a local history drama at 1.30pm; entertainment from Shipston High School at 2pm; circle and clog dancing from 3pm to 3.45pm; and more music from 4pm onwards. There will also be a roast pig and cottage pie on the lunch menu.

Throughout the day, there will be other activities, including films about transition towns and climate change in the White Bear; pottery demonstrations; a children’s workshop; pavement art; face painting; and an art exhibition in the church.

Transition Shipston is a grassroots movement aimed at building local “resilience” in the face of climate change and the threat of oil depletion.