4,000 ale fans join ‘best ever’ beer fest

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - RHI­AN­NON MCDOWALL

MORE than 4,000 ale fans headed to Mac­cles­field Rugby Club for the 23rd Beer Fes­ti­val.

The event, which or­gan­is­ers are hail­ing as the best yet, saw rev­ellers en­joy­ing gal­lons of beer, cider, wine and prosecco while en­joy­ing live mu­si­cal per­for­mances in a mar­quee at the club.

The en­tire event was or­gan­ised in aid of the Seashell Trust, a char­ity help­ing peo­ple with sen­sory im­pair­ment and pro­found learn­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tion dif­fi­cul­ties.

Ben White­ley, from Mac­cles­field Round Ta­ble, which or­gan­ised the event, said 115 vol­un­teers do­nated their time free of charge. He said: “We haven’t counted up how much we’ve raised but it’s fair to say it’s been the best year ever.

“The af­ter­noon ses­sion was re­ally pop­u­lar, with lots of fam­i­lies en­joy­ing pic­nics and hav­ing a good time, and then the evening ses­sions there was a real party at­mos­phere with lots of danc­ing.

“It’s great fun. It’s nice to see ev­ery­one en­joy­ing them­selves. There was no trou­ble and ev­ery­one had a good time.

“Thank you to ev­ery­one who came and to all the vol­un­teers who helped make it hap­pen.”

Wendy Bray, fundraiser from Seashell Trust, said: “We are so grate­ful to ev­ery­one in­volved in the beer fes­ti­val for all their work in rais­ing funds for us.

“It was a fab­u­lous event and we are over­whelmed with the sup­port Seashell re­ceived from ev­ery­one who at­tended, all of the vol­un­teers and the com- mit­tee. Thanks to them we are able to build a new band­stand for our res­i­den­tial stu­dents to use, which will en­able them to re­ally use the beau­ti­ful out­door space we have.”

Some of the many rev­ellers at Mac­cles­field Beer Fes­ti­val

Pic­tures: Irene Lea and Trav­el­ling Si­mon Photography

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