Hundreds enjoy beer, music and fun at festival

Organisers Chris Allen (chairman) and Stephen Calnan (vice-chairman) enjoy a pint
Organisers Chris Allen (chairman) and Stephen Calnan (vice-chairman) enjoy a pint

Hundreds of people enjoyed sampling real ales, listening to live music and browsing the stalls at an annual beer festival.

Villagers, friends and beer lovers all went to the eigth annual Brigstock Beer Festival on Friday and Saturday.

The event started with a comedy night in the village hall on Friday. This was introduced last year and proved extremely popular with tickets for this year’s event selling out even more quickly than last year.

Saturday was a family fun day and included stalls manned by local charities and groups, including Lakelands Hospice, Headway and the Women’s Institute. Local musicians, a magician and a pipe band were among the attractions. There was also a duck race and a charity auction.

The event is organised by a committee of eight.

Chairman Chris Allen said: “It all started when someone in the village mentioned that a local group needed to raise some funds and I said that the village I used to live in held a charity beer festival.

“It was very easy to find eight chaps who were willing to go round and sample beers and help organise it.”

The event raises between £5,000 and £8,000 a year. This year the main beneficiary will be the local school, which is hoping to build an open-air amphitheatre.

Drinkers could choose from 25 beers as well as lager, cider and wine, all of which are sponsored by local companies.

Tony Gough, of Brigstock, said: “It is a sociable village and everyone comes along to this. It’s a very nice day out, it’s well-organised and it’s for a good cause.”

In the evening local group Loaded Six played a sold-out gig and BSA from the Nene Valley Brewery, which is based in Oundle, was named the festival’s champion beer.