WATCH: Hartlepool Beer Festival raises thousands for charities

CHEERS: Hartlepool Beer Festival raised an estimated �8,500 for local charities.
CHEERS: Hartlepool Beer Festival raised an estimated �8,500 for local charities.

LOTS of Money, Money, Money has been raised for two town charities after revellers enjoyed a weekend of real ale and entertainment.

Early indications show that Hartlepool Beer Festival, held on Friday and Saturday, has raised £8,500.

The majority of this will be donated to Hartlepool Families First and Hartlepool Carers.

Other local charities will also benefit from the proceeds throughout the year.

Around 400 people attended Friday night’s session, which saw The Killers tribute band The Killerz thrashing out hits of the US indie rock band.

There was a beer-only session on Saturday afternoon, with about 50 people sampling the 50 ales, eight ciders and wine.

On Saturday night around 500 people turned out, with many becoming Dancing Queens on the dancefloor as Abba tribute act Bjorn To Be took to the stage.

Support came from local band Rusty Haloz on both evenings.

Hartlepool RNLI members helped to serve behind the bar and a donation will go to the lifeboat crew.

Bradley Lowery’s Fight Against Neuroblastoma will also benefit.

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

Local Round Table chairman Martin Scarborough, who has been involved with the organisation for 13 years, said: “We think we have made about the same as last year, it’s been a decent year.

“There’s not as many of us in the Round Table now, but we have help from the Hartlepool 41 Club, which is for Round Tablers aged over 45.

“The highlight is seeing all the lads pull together and provide another great festival, getting people in enjoying themselves, enjoying the bands, having a drink and raising money for charity and giving something back to the community.”

Hartlepool Round Table only has six members and desperately needs more.

Anyone wanting to join can visit www.hartlepoolroundtable.co.uk or call Martin Scarborough on (01429) 271651.