50 ales at Hartlepool Beer Festival

Hartlepool Round Table Chairman Mark Rycraft has a drink in the line of duty as he launches the 2014 Hartlepool Beer Festival.
Hartlepool Round Table Chairman Mark Rycraft has a drink in the line of duty as he launches the 2014 Hartlepool Beer Festival.
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CHARITY champions are getting ready to raise a glass for their biggest fundraising event of the year.

Hartlepool Round Table organises a host of events throughout the year to boost good causes, but the Hartlepool Beer Festival is always the biggest date in their diary.

Hartlepool Round Table Chairman Mark Rycraft has a drink in the line of duty as he launches the 2014 Hartlepool Beer Festival.

Hartlepool Round Table Chairman Mark Rycraft has a drink in the line of duty as he launches the 2014 Hartlepool Beer Festival.

This year’s festival, which takes place on Friday, October 10, and the following day, is once again being held at the Borough Hall on Hartlepool’s Headland.

And Mark Rycraft, from the Round Table, says this year’s event could be the best yet.

Mark said: “Every Round Table in the country has a main event, and the beer festival is ours.

“It is something we plan throughout the year, but the nearer we get to it the more intense the preparation gets and we are having regular meetings to ensure everything goes smoothly.

“It’s the biggest event of its kind in the area, with more than 50 ales available.

“We also have bottled beers and lager available as well as ciders, as we are aware that the real ales may not be to everyone’s taste and we try to cater for everyone.

“As a group, it gives us a great deal of satisfaction when we see a big queue at the bar, a packed dancefloor and everyone having a great time.”

Doors will open on the first night at 6pm, with musical entertainment from The Killerz from 7.30pm.

The following day will see a “beer only” session from 12pm-3pm, with the evening session once again starting from 6pm with Bjorn to be Abba taking to the stage.

Mark added: “We’re all really looking forward to it now, and every penny that is made goes to charity.

“This year we have chosen Hartlepool Families First and Hartlepool Carers, so we will be looking to raise as much as we possibly can to boost two deserving local causes.”

There are packages available where businesses can sponsor a beer throughout the event, with half barrels available at £65 which includes three complimentary tickets, with full barrels coming with six free passes at a cost of £120.

Tickets are priced £10 if booked online at www.hartlepoolbeerfestival.co.uk, or £12.50 from Timlins in Church Square or First Class Shoe Repairs in Middleton Grange Shopping Centre.

For more information about the event, or to get involved with sponsorship, email info@hartlepoolroundtable.co.uk or visit the group’s Facebook or Twitter pages.