PREPARATIONS for a popular annual beer festival are well under way with organisers hoping to make it the very best yet.
Hartlepool Round Table will host its 17th annual beer festival at the Borough Hall, on the Headland later this year.
More than 50 handpicked real ales will be on offer as well as live music with all the money raised going to town charities.
Last year’s festival raised £12,000 for worthy causes in Hartlepool. But organisers are hoping to eclipse that total this time around, providing a real boost to this year’s chosen charities.
Allan Wise, 44, chairman of Hartlepool Round Table, was a member of the organisation when the very first beer festival was organised.
He said the annual event has “come a long way” since then and is delighted to reveal a packed programme for this year’s event.
The festival will get under way on Friday, October 12, with an afternoon session from noon-4pm featuring live performances from local musicians before a top mod band take to the stage for the evening session, from 6pm-midnight.
The event continues the next day with another afternoon session at the same time before the festival is brought to a close on the Saturday evening, featuring a performance from a Bee Gees tribute act who will play the band’s hits and other classics from the 70s and 80s.
“I’m looking forward to it,” said Allan, who lives on the Central Estate and is a dad of Alex, nine.
“It’s the biggest event of the year for us and it has really blossomed over the last few years.
“I can’t think of a better way to raise money for local charities, people are enjoying themselves, having a good time, they have a lot of beers to choose from and in the process they are making a lot of money.”
The Hartlepool branch of the RNLI, Hartlepool Families First, Red Dreams creative charity, The Hartlepool MS Support Group and Autism Rights Group Hartlepool (ARGH) will all benefit from this year’s festival.
Allan, a health and safety advisor at Huntsman Tioxide, said: “Last year was fantastic and the support we get every year is cracking.”
Waste management firm Niramax, Camerons brewery and HLA Services are all sponsoring this year’s festival.
Tickets, priced at £4 for afternoon sessions or £3 for CAMRA members and £12 for an evening session, are on sale now and can be bought by visiting www.hartlepoolbeerfestival.co.uk.
Admission is also available on the door.