IT is a milestone year for the theatre that has been at the heart of England’s historic capital for a century.

This year the Theatre Royal Winchester is not only celebrating its 100th anniversary in Jewry Street, but also 40 years of Hat Fair – the longest running street arts festival in the country.

Originally a busking event, it now attracts around 40,000 visitors to witness its comedy, music and theatre.

And this year’s event will involve a record 45 companies, with 12 new commissions and four UK premieres.

Guests and staff descended on the theatre yesterday to officially launch this year’s proceedings, and premier the new Hat Fair song, composed by Winchester guitar and ukulele teacher, Andy Martin.

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