VIDEO: Hundreds attend annual beer festival

HUNDREDS of revellers raised a pint to help good causes at apopular annual beer festival.

The ale and goodwill flowed as well-wishers turned out to let their hair down while supporting five local charities during the 17th Hartlepool Round Table Beer Festival, which kicked off in style at the Borough Hall, on the Headland, yesterday.

Revellers enjoying themselves at the beer festival

Revellers enjoying themselves at the beer festival

After months of organisation, the festival went off with a bang, with more than 50 ales, ciders, wines and lively music on offer.

Friday night’s entertainment had fans of mod music in their element when the popular group Heavy Mod took to the stage, while 70s fans enjoyed music provided by the Saturday Night Beegees.

As well as enjoying the ale and the music, people did their bit for the five selected town charities who will benefit from this year’s event.

These are the Hartlepool branch of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), Families First, Red Dreams, Hartlepool MS Support Group and Autism Rights Group Hartlepool (ARGH).

The opening night of the 2012 Hartlepool Beer Festival. Hundreds turned out to sample more than 50 beers. Volunteers from Hartlepool Round Table working behind the bar.

The opening night of the 2012 Hartlepool Beer Festival. Hundreds turned out to sample more than 50 beers. Volunteers from Hartlepool Round Table working behind the bar.

Organisers hope to top the impressive £12,000 raised from last year’s event.

Round Table members thanked the main sponsors for supporting this year’s event.

They are Camerons Brewery, Niramax, HLA, Middleton Grange Shopping Centre and Speedy Hire, along with individual barrel sponsors as well as support from various organisations and friends and families.

● See Monday’s Mail for more pictures and further report