Rugby club’s lift for char­ity

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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.

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