Last week saw the film Telstar go on general release in the UK. The film tells the story of Joe Meek, the 1960s Rock legend, who recorded some of the most iconic music in the pre-Beatles era. Meek, although tone deaf was responsible for hits including Have I the Right?, Just Like Eddie, Johnny Remember Me and most memorably Telstar recorded by the Tornadoes.
Joe Meek was born in Newent on the north edge of the Forest of Dean. Although much has changed since Meek’s time, Newent is still a delightful market town in a very rural part of Gloucestershire. The town has many black and white half-timbered bulding including the market hall. The area is worth visiting at any time, but the spring is special when the wild daffodils bloom in the surrounding countryside. Nearby is the International Birds of Prey Centre and the renowned Three Choirs vineyard. Visit our website for details of other attractions, accommodation and pubs and restaurants.
The Onion Fair, probably the only devoted entirely to this vegtable, takes place on 12 September; a fun day out where you can enter the raw onion eating competition!
The Joe Meek Tribute Concert takes place in Newent on Saturday 3 October starring Mike Berry and the Outlaws.