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The Anvil celebrates its 25th birthday

Picture credited to The Anvil

One of Basingstoke's most famous landmarks is celebrating its 25th birthday today.

The Anvil held its first show on the 3rd of May 1994, after two years of building work.

Since then, it has become a well-respected venue, attracting visitors from across the country - and beyond.

Today's anniversary will be marked with a special concert by the Philharmonia Orchestra, featuring cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, who performed at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding.

One of the works being performed is Elgar's Enigma Variations - co-incidentally, one of the works also performed on the opening night.

We spoke to chief executive James Tilston:

As part of the celebrations, Fuller's brewery have produced a special beer at their brewery in Chiswick.

A specially commissioned artwork by local artist Kev Munday has also gone on display - the artwork will also be used on the label for the beer bottle.

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