Hundreds enjoy beer festival

The chairman and vice-chairman of Brigstock Beer Festival committee Chris Allen and Stephen Calnan

The chairman and vice-chairman of Brigstock Beer Festival committee Chris Allen and Stephen Calnan

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Villagers, their family and friends, and real ale drinkers enjoyed the autumn sunshine at a beer festival today.

Brigstock Beer Festival has been running for eight years and raises money for local charities. So far it has raised £35,000, with the majority of the money raised at this year’s event going to the village school, which is planning to build an open-air amphitheatre so children can enjoy plays in the round.

Today is a family fun day with live music, a magician, a duck race and stalls manned by charities such as Headway and the Lakelands Hospice, and the Women’s Institute.

Tonight Loaded Six are playing in the village hall, and tickets for this have already sold out. Friday night’s comedy night proved equally popular, with tickets selling out well before the evening.

Chris Allen, chairman of the organising committee, said: “Everyone on the committee gets on and does their own job, and the bar is manned by volunteers. It’s good to be part of it and support local groups.”

The festival stocks 25 real ales, many from local breweries, as well as cider, bottled lager and wine.

See pictures of the festival here