Raising a glass of cheer to beer festival success

Round Table chairman Graeme Smith
Round Table chairman Graeme Smith

CHARITIES are raising a glass to the success of a beer festival.

Hartlepool & District Hospice, the RNLI and the North-East division of the Ocean Youth Trust will all benefit from the Hartlepool Beer Festival after being nominated by organisers at Hartlepool Round Table.

Round table chairman Graeme Smith hailed the event a great success, despite numbers being slightly down on last year.

But he says he still expects takings to be up on last year’s total of more than £16,000.

Graeme said: “We don’t know yet exactly how much money the festival raised as we’re still waiting for money coming in from all sorts of places.

“We’re waiting to see how much comes in from things like online ticket sales and sponsorship. We had individuals and organisations sponsoring barrels to raise more cash than simply the price of a pint and people were even selling raffle tickets to raise more funds for the charities,

“The numbers of people coming through the doors on the Friday and Saturday nights and the Saturday afternoon were down by about 200 in total on last year, but I think that’s just a sign of the times as people tighten their belts.

“But we’re confident that the total amount of money raised will beat last year.”