AN ACTOR who appeared in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is returning to a Hampshire village tomorrow to open its annual fete.

Adrian Hall played one of two children transported to Vulgaria - home of the evil Baron Bomburst - after Chitty flies off a cliff and suddenly sprouts wings.

Last year Adrian, 60, visited the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, for the opening of an exhibition marking the 50th anniversary of the film.

Lord Montagu was at the wheel of a reconstructed Chitty when it emerged from a replica of Coggins Garage as Beaulieu recreated a scene from the film.

The garage is situated below a gallery which is home to one of the museum’s star exhibits - one of the six Chittys used in the 1968 movie.

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Tomorrow Adrian will open a village fete held in the grounds of Palace House, ancestral home of the Montagu family. He will arrive in Chitty herself - with Lord Montagu again at the wheel.

A Beaulieu spokesperson said visitors were invited to turn up in fancy dress to reflect the fete’s “musicals” theme.

Entertainment will include performances by the Hythe-based Dancewise Studios. The event will also feature a ukulele band called Uke Box Glory, plus maypole dancing by children from Beaulieu Village Primary School and music by the Beaulieu Band.

The star prize in this year’s grand draw is a 49in Sony Bravia Ultra HD Smart TV.

The year-long Chitty Chitty Bang Bang exhibition opened last October.

Speaking at the time Lord Montagu, 58, said: “I remember seeing Chitty Chitty Bang Bang as a seven-year-old. The thought of a flying car was so exciting and the music has stayed in my head for 50 years.”

The film was based on a 1964 novel by Ian Fleming, better known as the author of the James Bond adventures.