Blur bassist Alex James caused an outrage at his local village fete - when he proved to be so skilled on the coconut shy he had to be banned from the game.

The BEETLEBUM rocker has snubbed the London party scene in favour of country life in the English Cotswolds with his wife CLAIRE and toddler son GERONIMO, and was thrilled to be invited to open the recent rural extravaganza.

But organisers hadn't bargained for his prize-winning coconut-chucking prowess.

He says, "Somehow, I won two coconuts at one visit to the shy, one of which I wasn't even aiming for.

"I was politely asked not to win any more."