Beer we go for annual festival

BEER-LOVERS in Hartlepool are looking forward to sipping their way through a weekend of alcohol and entertainment at the 17th annual beer festival.

The annual Hartlepool Beer Festival, organised by the town’s Round Table, is being held at The Borough Hall, on the Headland, on October 12-13.

And as well as promising a great time to all who attend, the men’s group are hoping to raise as much money as possible for a string of town charities to boot.

These include the Royal National Lifeboat Institute, Hartlepool Families First, Red Dreams, The Hartlepool MS Support Group and Autism Rights Group Hartlepool.

The festival will be held over two nights, on Friday, October 12 to Saturday, October 13, with rock n’ roll mod group Heavy Mod and Saturday Night Bee Gees and the Q Band entertaining beer sippers.

There will be more than 50 ales for drink lovers to sample, as well as a selection of ciders, wines, bottles as well as soft drink and food on offer.

And the £4 afternoon entry costs and £12 evening price includes a programme, a free drink and a commemorative glass.

Allan Wise, 44, chairman of Hartlepool Round Table who has been involved in the organisation of every beer festival since he joined back in 1996,is hoping to raise at least £1,000 for each charity with the event.

He said: “Ideally we’d like to give £1,000 to each charity, but it would be brilliant if it could be £2,000. We’ll just have to see how many people come along.

“Hopefully with the entertainment and the great selection of alcohol we’ve got on offer we’ll attract a lot of people.”

Afternoon sessions run from noon until 4pm, while the evening slot starts at 7pm and ends at midnight.

Tickets can be bought on the door, at Timlins Opticians, in Upper Church Street, Hartlepool, or First Class Shoe Repairs, in the town’s Middleton Grange Shopping Centre.

They can also be booked online by visiting www.hartlepoolbeerfestival.co.uk