Mid Wales

Shed of the year hosts comedy and charity weekend

Alex Holland (right) and competition founder Uncle Wilco Image copyright Cuprinol
Image caption Alex Holland celebrated winning the shed of the year title in July last year

An award-winning Powys shed with an old boat for a roof is to be a comedy festival venue.

DJ Alex Holland landed the UK shed of the year title in 2013 for his 14ft (4m) by 7ft (2m) structure made of recycled materials near Machynlleth.

On Saturday his shed at Cefn Coch Gwyllt will host a four-act comedy event for Machynlleth Comedy Festival.

Sunday sees it open to the public to raise money for Wales' Air Ambulance service as part of Powys Arts Month.

The shed, built with recycled items from a 1940s caravan and with walls of wattle and daub, beat 1,900 rivals to win the £1,000 prize money in the shed of the year competition.

Due to its size, the audience for Saturday's comedy gig is restricted to 10 people.

More than 4,000 people are expected to attend the comedy festival, with 150 events being held at larger venues in the mid Wales town.

Although the event is free, the visits are by appointment only.

Mr Holland said: "I'll be showing off the contents of the shed, which is basically a lot of nautical bits on top of a mountain."

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