VIDEO: Revellers raise a glass of cheer at the beer festival

ORGANISERS of an annual beer festival say it was a huge success despite a slight drop in numbers.

Across Friday and Saturday, around 900 people sipped their way through a number of ales and spirits during the 17th Hartlepool Round Table Beer Festival, at the Borough Hall, on the Headland.

Revellers raise a glass of cheer at the beer festival

Revellers raise a glass of cheer at the beer festival

For the first time in its history, the event played host to two afternoon sessions as well as the usual evening of entertainment and beer, wine and cider-drinking.

It was all for a good cause, as proceeds will go to five town charities – the Hartlepool branch of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), Families First, Red Dreams, Hartlepool MS Support Group and Autism Rights Group Hartlepool (ARGH).

James Shaw, from the Round Table, said: “It was a fantastic success and lots of money has been raised.

“There was a good turn-out and everything seemed to go according to plan.”

He said it was hoped that despite the slight downturn in numbers, possibly due to the economic climate, the event could match the £12,000 raised last year.

James added: “It was still a great success and the raffle did really well. I ran it and wouldn’t let anyone get past without buying a ticket.

“There was a fantastic atmosphere and no incidents, everybody enjoyed themselves.”

Also providing entertainment during the event was a group called Heavy Mod.

● More festival pictures in tomorrow’s Mail.