Beers run dry at ‘Ale-ing’ festival

Ale-ing beer festival at Hayling Island Community Centre, Hayling Island.   Picture: Allan Hutchings (113569-226)
Ale-ing beer festival at Hayling Island Community Centre, Hayling Island. Picture: Allan Hutchings (113569-226)
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Hayling Island was the place to be this weekend for ale lovers.

And hundreds flocked their for the Ale-ing Beer Festival.

(l-r) Mark Wheller, Faye Wheller and Averil Pollicott.  Ale-ing beer festival at Hayling Island Community Centre, Hayling Island.   Picture: Allan Hutchings (113569-229)

(l-r) Mark Wheller, Faye Wheller and Averil Pollicott. Ale-ing beer festival at Hayling Island Community Centre, Hayling Island. Picture: Allan Hutchings (113569-229)

On Friday, Shep Woolley entertained the crowds while band The Cheese Doctors performed on Saturday.

Around 350 people came through the doors on Saturday night and more than half of the ales on offer sold out.

Organisers have hailed the festival a huge success.

Organiser Rod Carter said: ‘It was brilliant – really good.

Ale-ing beer festival at Hayling Island Community Centre, Hayling Island.   Picture: Allan Hutchings (113569-233)

Ale-ing beer festival at Hayling Island Community Centre, Hayling Island. Picture: Allan Hutchings (113569-233)

‘It’s a good community event. It draws a lot of people in to the island.

‘It’s one of those things that people look forward to on the social calendar. It’s one of the main events on the island.

‘It’s getting more and more popular, it’s working well.

‘Everyone says they are going to come back next year.

(l-r) Mitch Webb, Matt Pike, Angharad Knights, Mandy Stanfield, Brian Stansfield and Dave Hersee.   Ale-ing beer festival at Hayling Island Community Centre, Hayling Island.   Picture: Allan Hutchings (113569-241)

(l-r) Mitch Webb, Matt Pike, Angharad Knights, Mandy Stanfield, Brian Stansfield and Dave Hersee. Ale-ing beer festival at Hayling Island Community Centre, Hayling Island. Picture: Allan Hutchings (113569-241)

‘It’s pleasing that we’ve got the support and they are going to come back.

‘A lot of work goes into it and I’m pleased with how it all came together.’

Averil Pollicott, president of the Hayling Island twinning association, which runs the festival to help fund trips to Gorron in Mayenne, France, said: ‘The festival has been brilliant.

‘It was the best ever and we have had more people than any other year.

Live band The Cheese Doctors.   Ale-ing beer festival at Hayling Island Community Centre, Hayling Island.   Picture: Allan Hutchings (113569-245)

Live band The Cheese Doctors. Ale-ing beer festival at Hayling Island Community Centre, Hayling Island. Picture: Allan Hutchings (113569-245)

‘On Saturday night we had to turn people away because it was so full. Some of the beers actually ran out, which is a good sign.’