Gamers to go back in time at Waltham show

A boy playing a retro computer game like the one which will be available at a special gaming show at Waltham this weekend EMN-150616-115643001
A boy playing a retro computer game like the one which will be available at a special gaming show at Waltham this weekend EMN-150616-115643001
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A special event where gaming enthusiasts will get the chance to try their hand at devices from yesteryear is the latest fundraiser for Waltham Church.

The retro gaming show will be held in the youth wing of Waltham Village Hall this weekend, forming part of a popular annual beer festival.

Proceeds will go towards the £150,000 required to upgrade and renovate the historic St Mary Magdalene Church to make it more accessible and improve its capacity to host community and social events.

Mike Alexander, chairman of Waltham church council and one of the fundraising co-ordinators, said: “We have dug out a Playstation 1 and a PS2, a Sinclair ZX Spectrum, an Atari 800xl, complete with Pac-man, as well as Sega Megadrives, a Commodore 64 game and some other retro games for people to come and play and re-live the days when games were a bit more basic but just as challenging.

“It’s all in a good cause and, of course, there is a beer tent too, which is not a bad way to celebrate Father’s Day.”

Admission to the show is £3 for adults and £1 for children under 12.

The Beer Festival starts at 7pm on Friday (June 19) and is on from noon to midnight on Saturday and noon to 6pm on Sunday. Evening entertainment at the beer festival costs £5 to attend on Saturday night.

Other activities at the event include live music, a bouncy castle, food, teas, cakes, plant and produce sales.