Cheers to the sixth annual West Hartlepool Rugby Club beer festival

Staff at West Hartlepool Rugby Club get ready to welcome the festival visitors.

Staff at West Hartlepool Rugby Club get ready to welcome the festival visitors.

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A rugby club’s sixth annual beer festival is just days away and organisers are hoping to pull in hundreds of people.

West Hartlepool Rugby Club will be staging its popular event on Friday, July 1 and Saturday, July 2.

Last year's beer festival.

Last year's beer festival.

As well as lots of regular attractions, there will be some new highlights which are aimed at taking full advantage of the club’s new £1m clubhouse.

The event starts on Friday, July 1, with popular comedian Steffen Peddie, who is well known from the BBC Hebburn series, hosting a Comedy Gong night.

The event will be held in the club’s new Stag Bar.

The idea is that up and coming talent will be given at least one minute to convince the judges they should not be “gonged off.”

It is our major fundraising event of the year with all of the proceeds going to support all of our teams from the First XV right down to our six year old minis

Dave Picken

Then on the Saturday, there will be music on a new stage which will be on the first team pitch.

Hartlepool’s own talented youngsters from Red Dreams will be providing the entertainment on the afternoon and they will be followed by Pogues’ tribute band Streams of Whiskey on the night followed by The Scandals. The Scandals are a top mod and indie covers band, who cover bands like The Who, Small Faces, The Kinks, Animals, The Jam, Beatles, The Smiths, Oasis and Blur.

Also on the events agenda is the free children’s rides on the afternoon.

For adults, there is the chance to choose from 30 real ales as well as a wine bar and a cider and lager bar.

Last year’s Beer Festival did create some controversy with a complaint about excess noise to Hartlepool Council.

But West board member Dave Picken said: “Thanks to the completion of the new clubhouse we are able to move the music stage to the other side of the clubhouse, and that will help us ensure that any noise on the Saturday night is more contained.

“In any case we will ensure that the bands finish their sets in good time so that any inconvenience is kept to a minimum.”

The Beer Festival is a popular annual attraction which brings in up to 500 people at any one time.

Dave added: “It is our major fundraising event of the year with all of the proceeds going to support all of our teams from the First XV right down to our six year old minis.”