WATCH: Hartlepool Beer Festival pulls in the ale lovers

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THE beer and laughs flowed as hundreds of people turned out for a thirst-quenching annual event.

The Hartlepool Beer Festival took place at the weekend at the town’s Borough Hall, on the Headland.

Pictured at the beer festival are(left to right) Mark Hewitson, Liam Robinson, Nikki Ruddock, Lloyd Tudor, Lynsey Smurthwaite and Adam Davison.

Pictured at the beer festival are(left to right) Mark Hewitson, Liam Robinson, Nikki Ruddock, Lloyd Tudor, Lynsey Smurthwaite and Adam Davison.

Friday’s session attracted around 400 revellers, and even more were expected today.

Killerz, a tribute to American indie rockers Killers, brought the house down on Friday, while Abba tribute act Bjorn were due to take to the stage tonight.

Support each night came from local band Rusty Haloz.

Around 50 ale lovers also attended a special “beer-only” session this afternoon.

Proceeds will go towards Hartlepool Families First and Hartlepool Carers.

The Hartlepool Round Table-run beer festival is now in its 19th year.

Local Round Table vice-president Allan Wise said: “It’s been absolutely fantastic.

“We have had some of the guys who have been many times before and they have all said this is the best festival for beer.

“We were slightly down on numbers on Friday night, but we sold more beer.”

Adam Davison was at today’s session with a group of friends to celebrate turning 26 on Sunday.

The customer service advisor from Seaton Carew said: “I quite enjoyed the Black Sheep and Wainwright’s beers.”

Among Adam’s group of friends supping up at the event was Liam Robinson, a 25-year-old accountant, also from Seaton.

He said it was his first time at the festival and he would be returning.

There is still time to join the fun, from 6pm today. Tickets are £12.50 on the door.