Friar Tuck TV star to open Robin Hood Festival

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A famous face will ride into town to officially open the Robin Hood Festival next week.

Phil Rose, known to millions as Friar Tuck from the hit TV programme Robin of Sherwood, is a special guest at the annual event which starts on Monday, August 3 in Sherwood Forest near Edwinstowe.

He starred in the hit 1980s TV show Robin of Sherwood which was first broadcast in 1984 – the same year the Robin Hood Festival first began - and went on to appear in every episode in all three series of the programme which starred first Michael Praed then Jason Connery as Robin Hood and also featured Ray Winstone as Will Scarlet.

Coun John Knight, committee chairman for culture at Nottinghamshire County Council said: “We are delighted that Phil Rose who helped to inspire a generation of Robin Hood fans is a special guest at the 31st Robin Hood Festival and once again there is a packed programme of entertainment throughout the week as Robin and his Merry Men resume their colourful and intriguing battles against the Sheriff of Nottingham.”

The week-long festival offers a huge amount of medieval fun including outdoor theatre performances, costumed characters, medieval craft demonstrations, musicians, archery, and on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday there is jousting and falconry displays – weather permitting.

Phil Rose will be at the opening of the festival in the jousting arena on Monday at 11am.