Time to drink up at an­nual beer fes­ti­val

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Councilelections - By BEN TRUSLOVE ben.truslove@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk @Et­ben­truslove

BEER lovers are guar­an­teed a wh-ale of a time this week­end.

The Peter­bor­ough Rugby Club Beer Fes­ti­val kicked off yes­ter­day at Fortress Fen­gate, in Sec­ond Drove, Fen­gate, with 50 real ales and two dif­fer­ent ciders wait­ing to be tasted.

Or­gan­is­ers are hop­ing more than a thou­sand drinkers will make their way down de­spite the in­clement weather for beer, food and en­ter­tain­ment.

Nigel Cook, gen­eral man­ager, said: “We hope the weather doesn’t put any­body off. There’s no need for wellies at our fes­ti­val, most of it is in­side and there is hard floor­ing.

“The rea­son we started it was be­cause the main Peter­bor­ough Beer Fes­ti­val started here but moved on.

“We de­cided to start one up, back where it all be­gan but ob­vi­ously a bit smaller.

“It is quite a big source of in­come to help cover the cost of main­tain­ing the pitches dur­ing sum­mer when we’re not play­ing.”

The fes­ti­val kicked off at 4pm yes­ter­day and ran un­til about mid­night last night.

About 400 peo­ple were ex­pected through the doors last night to make the most of the drinks on of­fer and also en­joy the bar­be­cue and band Easy­er­said.

There is rugby on through­out the week­end in­clud­ing the Veteran 10s Com­pe­ti­tion, while on Sun­day most of the club will be turn­ing out to

(METP-04-05-12AS055) play.

As well as the beers and food, this evening band Hooker will be play­ing.

About 500 or 600 peo­ple are hoped to turn up to­day when it opens from noon - with a fur­ther 500 ex­pected on Sun­day.

Peter­bor­ough Rugby Club hopes to make about £6,000 to £8,000 at this week­end fes­ti­val which is its sev­enth an­nual event.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www. pitchero.com/clubs/peter­bor­ough or call 01733 569413.

Roll out the bar­rel: Phil Dunn, Shaun Throne and Jen­nifer Soth­mann pre­par­ing for the fes­ti­val.

Picture ALAN STORER

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