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A BEER festival which has raised thousands of pounds for a worthy cause will be happening again this month.

The Rose in June is putting on its annual folk, ale and cider bash from June 26 to 28.

Proceeds will be going to the Portsmouth and south-east branch of the MND Association.

Paul Saynor, co-landlord of The Rose in June, says the pub supports the cause as his sister Alison Lambley died of motor neurone disease in 2008, aged 52.

The event has been running each year since her death and Paul says it is a chance to celebrate her life.

The pub has raised £16,500 for the MND Association in the past seven years.

Paul said: ‘It means an awful lot to me, it’s a celebration of my sister’s life.

‘She sadly passed away in 2008.

‘It’s the opportunity for me to remember her, and her daughter also attends as well.

‘So she also joins in that celebration. For the community, it’s an opportunity to have a bit of fun in the garden and enjoy some really good entertainment and nice beers.

‘And hopefully, the sunshine as well.’ Twenty-seven real ales will be on offer as well as 10 real ciders.

Folk musicians will perform, including Shep Woolley. The event is free and starts from midday on the Friday.

Paul added: ‘The atmosphere is always great and the garden fills up very quickly as soon as we open the doors.

‘People now bring their own chairs because it gets so busy.

‘It’s great fun, and it’s well established in the calendar now in the local area and we are well supported by the artists, who do everything for free.’