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