Pints flow at beer fes­ti­val


ALE fans drank more than 16,000 pints at this year’s Mac­cles­field Beer Fes­ti­val.

More than 4,000 vis­i­tors also drank in ex­cess of 1,500 pints of cider and 750 bot­tles of wine at the char­ity event at Mac­cles­field Rugby Club, which is now in its 22nd year.

There were more than 250 brews at this year’s char­ity event. This in­cluded va­ri­eties brewed spe­cially for the event, which is or­gan­ised by Mac­cles­field Round Ta­ble, as well as gluten free beers for the first time.

Ben White­ley, from Mac­cles­field Round Ta­ble and chair­man of the fes­ti­val com­mit­tee, said: “The weather was great and it was a fan­tas­tic turnout, maybe the best yet.

“The bands were ex­cel­lent. The event is so well known on the Mac­cles­field calendar now and every­one re­ally looks for­ward to it.

“There’s a nice re­laxed at­mos­phere and it’s great to see every­one hav­ing such a good time.”

Vis­i­tors en­joyed live mu­sic, food, tombola, raf­fle, bar skit­tles and bal­loon sculp­tures.

This year’s pro­ceeds are go­ing to Park Lane School, for chil­dren with learn­ing and phys­i­cal dif­fi­cul­ties, to build an all-weather play area. Or­gan­is­ers say it’s too early to say how much has been raised but it’s set to be enough for the play area.

Lor­raine Warmer, head­teacher, said: “We have wanted to cre­ate a wheel­chair ac­ces­si­ble play area which our pupils can use all year round for quite some time now, so we’re thrilled to have the sup­port of the Mac­cles­field Beer Fes­ti­val com­mit­tee and Mac­cles­field Round Ta­ble.”

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