A BEEF farmer who runs Britain’s best-loved oompah band is promising a stomping good night of moo-sic and beer in aid of a North-East hospice.,

Frank Chislett, 67, has been the driving force behind The Amazing Bavarian Stompers since they shot to stardom on New Faces in 1975.

Frank, a beef farmer in Halifax by day and an accordion player by night, is now preparing for a spectacular Oktoberfest event in aid of the Butterwick.

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The Stompers will be providing the entertainment for the Bier Keller Night in the grand marquee at Hardwick Hall, near Sedgefield, on Saturday, September 23.

Frank, a grandad of two, said: “Believe me, it’s going to be an unforgettable night of music to get drunk by, comedy and audience participation.”

The Stompers have been regulars at Hardwick Hall over the years and Frank added: “The North-East audiences love their beer and their music so this is the perfect night out – as well as a chance to raise money for a great cause.”

A Butterwick Hospice spokesman said: “The Amazing Bavarian stompers provide tremendous enthusiasm that is so infectious they will have you swaying singing and drinking all night long.”

Fancy dress is encouraged so lederhosen and maid’s outfits will be the order of the night. The event will also feature a number of guest beers, with Steins available to buy.

Tickets cost £12, including a traditional Bratwurst & Pint of Lager, and can be booked at www.butterwick.org.uk/events/oktoberfestbierkellernight/