The founder of the country’s longest running English wine festival, and former owner of the English Wine Centre, is set to pay a flying visit to East Sussex to avoid missing the event which is nearing its milestone 40th anniversary.
Christopher ‘Topper’ Ann, who pioneered the revival of the country’s wine industry, is due to arrive at this weekend’s Glynde Food & English Wine Festival in a helicopter flown by film and TV pilot Marc Wolff, who flew the plane which dropped a stuntman dressed as the Queen into the Olympics opening ceremony.
Christopher, who retired to Cornwall after selling the Wine Centre in 2007, was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year and has spent the past month in hospital in Plymouth.
“I was determined not to let things get in the way of visiting the English Wine Festival as it fast approaches its 40th anniversary and I am extremely grateful for Marc’s offer to fly us down,” said Christopher.
“I’m really looking forward to spending a few hours seeing old friends and supporting this very important event in the English wine calendar, health permitting.”