FES­TI­VAL OFF BE­CAUSE OF COSTS

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The rugby club has also an­nounced the can­cel­la­tion of its pop­u­lar beer fes­ti­val in Septem­ber, and says it is be­cause of ris­ing costs.

Hon­orary sec­re­tary John Heaver said it was a dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion for the club to take, but said the club was only just break­ing even from host­ing the event. In­stead the club will fo­cus on a rugby fes­ti­val.

In a state­ment on the club’s web­site, chair­man John Nor­man said: “Over the years that we have hosted the beer fes­ti­val it has be­come in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar and we are now in a po­si­tion where we are the vic­tims of our own suc­cess.

“As the event has grown in size we have had to in­vest con­sid­er­able amounts of money in fenc­ing, se­cu­rity and lo­cal au­thor­ity reg­u­la­tion, which has made the event com­mer­cially un­vi­able. For the past few years our vol­un­teers have in­vested hun­dreds of hours of their time to stage the event, for no fi­nan­cial ben­e­fit to the club.

“We have there­fore de­cided not to host the fes­ti­val this year. We ap­pre­ci­ate this will be very dis­ap­point­ing to the many thou­sands of people who have en­joyed the event in the past.

“We thank ev­ery­one for their past sup­port, and will review the de­ci­sion next year.”

Last year’s fes­ti­val at Ash­ford Rugby Club

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