Hartlepool Rugby Club celebrates success of beer, music and comedy festival

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Rugby club officials are raising a toast to their biggest and best beer festival yet.

More than 1,000 people attended the fifth annual event at West Hartlepool Rugby Club.

Organisers have described it as the busiest they have had.

And for the first time, the festival included a comedy night.

This year’s packed festival was held in the new clubhouse, in Catcote Road.

The two-day attraction was described by officials as the busiest and helped to raise around £10,000 towards completing the clubhouse project.

Coronation Street’s Gareth Berliner was the headline act at the event’s first ever comedy night. The beer and music festival was held outside in the marquees on Saturday.

Birmingham-based Gareth Berliner, and fellow comedians Adam Rushton, Nina Gilligan and Andy Watson, all played at the comedy night.

On the Saturday, there was free children’s entertainment plus music from Red Dreams and Marty Ruffles Pearson. Music on the Saturday evening was from County Durham band Audio Cover.

A spokesman for West, organiser Dave Picken, said: “Everything went as planned. We raised £10,000 towards completing the new clubhouse project.

“This was our fifth West BeerFest and the first time we have held it over two days. It was a tremendous success with record numbers turning out and enjoying themselves in the sunshine. The money raised is going towards completing our new clubhouse project. We still have some urgent jobs to do as we are being honoured with the Rugby World Cup visiting us on Monday August 3 as part of its 100 day tour of the UK.”