AN ANNUAL beer and music festival has returned to Portsmouth.
The festival kicked off at the Rose in June, in Milton Road, Copnor, on yesterday lunchtime and will go on until tomorrow night.
The three-day festival has something for everyone, with yesterday seeing beer-lovers rejoicing in a choice of 23 ales and half a dozen ciders.
Folk-themed Saturday will see dance groups Red Stags Morris, Chequered Flag and Crooked Moon perform.
Then folk band The Day of The Rabblement will end the night.
Paul Saynor is the landlord of the Rose in June.
He said: ‘We’ve had quite a few people in enjoying the real ales.
‘There are 23 but we’ve got some in reserve just in case.
‘Friday was just the alcohol, we’ve had a lot of guys in the garden enjoying them, sampling the delights.’
Sunday will have more folk music and also children’s entertainment.
Paul is keen that the festival, which include a barbecue, appeals to a wide range of people.
He said: ‘We are the Community Heroes Pub of the Year 2012 for this region, so we like to bring in and involve the rest of the people around the community – not just isolate them and just have the beer drinkers.’
He added the fundraising and folk aspect of the festival is a memorial to his sister, who was into dancing, after she died from motor neurone disease.
This year’s festival is raising cash for the Motor Neurone Disease Association’s Portsmouth & South East Hampshire Group.
Paul’s sister Alison Lambley, 52, died of motor neurone disease ﬁve years ago.
It is the first time the pub will raise money for the local branch.
More than £9,000 has already gone to the branch in Milton Keynes, which is where Ms Lambley was from.
‘We’re in our sixth year now for the folk and beer festival,’ he said.
‘The Milton Keynes chairman will be down for the whole weekend and we’ll present him with the cheque for this year’s money.
‘He will then present it to the Portsmouth branch. We are currently definitely presenting something along the line of £1,200.’