Rugby club’s lift for charity
ASHFORD Rugby Club’s sixth annual beer and rugby festival last month raised almost £2,000 for charity, despite bad weather.
Nine men’s teams took part in a veterans tournament, and four women’s teams had their own competition alongside the beer festival which all helped the club raise £450 for Cancer Relief and £1,500 for The Wyvern Special Needs School in Ashford.
A 24-hour “rugby-thon” was briefly interrupted during the night when players were forced to call a halt due to torrential rain.
Chris Akers, festival organiser, said: “The weather did not deter everyone from enjoying a great few days of rugby and fun.”
The festival sold out of 3,000 pints of real ale and 400 pints of cider in the beer tent, as well as some 3,000 pints of lager and beers in the clubhouse.
Players and spectators also ate their way through two spit roast pigs and 600 burgers and sausages.
THE veterans tournament was won by Romford & Gidea Park, with Gillingham Anchorians victorious in the plate, while Romford & Gidea Park also won the women’s competition.