How drinking can help those in need at Hartlepool Beer Festival

Mark Rycraft is expecting up to �9,000 to be raised for charity at the Hartlepool Beer Festival next week.
Mark Rycraft is expecting up to �9,000 to be raised for charity at the Hartlepool Beer Festival next week.

Hundreds of people are set to raise a glass for charity next weekend as an annual beer festival takes place in Hartlepool.

The Hartlepool Beer Festival, organised by Hartlepool Round Table, is on at the Borough Hall, on Middlegate, the Headland, next Friday and Saturday.

As ever, every penny of profit will be donated to charities in the Hartlepool area

Mark Rycraft

Over 50 real ales will be supped at the festival, while there will be a host of other refreshments, as well as food and entertainment.

On Friday, music will come from mod band The Scandals, classic rock group Rusty Haloz and Passion Killers, who play tunes from the 60s, 70s and 80s.

The following evening, entertainment will be provided by Rusty Haloz again, as well as tribute band Bon Jovi Forever.

The festival is now 20 years old, and all profits from the two evenings will be split between charities the Hartlepool Blind Welfare Association, Catcote Academy Trust and Get Eric to Mexico.

Mark Rycraft, the chairman of Hartlepool Round Table, is hoping between £8,000 and £9,000 will be raised for charity.

He said: “As ever, every penny of profit will be donated to charities in the Hartlepool area.

“We will see over 400 to 500 people each evening, and ticket sales are already strong, so we encourage people to book now to avoid disappointment. The most important thing is that everyone has a really good time and we reaise a really good amount for charity.”

On both evenings, doors will open at 6pm, and it will be on until 11.30pm. Tickets cost £10 in advance, or £12.50 on the door. To buy a ticket, or register interest in sponsorship, visit hartlepoolroundtable.co.uk.