Fes­ti­val goes down a treat

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRIT­TON

ALE fans con­sumed 14,000 pints at a bumper Macclesfield Beer Fes­ti­val.

Around 4,000 peo­ple at­tended the event at Macclesfield Rugby Club over Fri­day and Satur­day night, and a free day­time ses­sion on Satur­day too.

Revellers en­joyed beers, ales, ciders and per­ries from across the UK plus a se­lec­tion of wines.

There were 220 bar­rels of beer con­sumed – equiv­a­lent to 14,000 pints – as well as 50 bar­rels of cider and 300 bot­tles of wine.

But the 21st an­nual event was not just about the booze, with money raised on the week­end go­ing to sup­port Cheshire Hospice.

Ben White­ley, chair­man

East of Macclesfield Round Ta­ble, who or­gan­ises the event with Mickey Jones, owner of PR Jones jew­ellers, said: “We had a few hun­dred more peo­ple than last year and had more food on of­fer which was a great suc­cess, and a chance to pro­mote lo­cal food busi­nesses.”

Vis­i­tors en­joyed live mu­sic from bands Monkey Har­ris and The Big Jam and acous­tic sets from lo­cal singers Char­lie White, He­len Wal­ford and Joe Barker, as well as fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment.

Ben said: “It was a fan­tas­tic week­end. There was a real party at­mos­phere.”

Do­minic Sal­ter

●● Macclesfield Beer Fes­ti­val proved a big hit

●● Steve Leonard en­joys a pint at the fes­ti­val

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