Beer lovers enjoy Gosport Real Ale and Music Festival at Bay House School

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BEER lovers drank virtually all the supplies at a town’s real ale and music festival.

More than 5,000 pints were supped over the weekend at Bay House School in Gosport.

Three extra supplies of cider and wine had to be brought in and 100 punters without tickets were turned away at the doors on the Saturday night because there wasn’t enough drink.

But the event, which pulled in 2,500 visitors, wasn’t just for drinkers.

Children got to enjoy a play bus, bouncy castle, laser arena, zorb racer and digital funfair. Bands performed including The Pretty Things and The South, formed out of members of the Beautiful South.

Festival organiser Peter Chegwyn, also a Leesland ward councillor, used his own money to put everything on.

‘It’s been a real success,’ he said.

‘A lot of people don’t have much money, which is why everything happening in the afternoons was free.

‘It’s great to put something back into the town.

‘It’s a lovely setting here at the school.’

Katy Mitcheson, 29, had a great time with husband Lee, 35, children Ruby, three and Charlie, 11 months, as well as her niece Isla, seven, and nephew Finn, 10.

Katy said: ‘It’s a great family event and it has a nice friendly atmosphere.’

Katherine Redman, of Rowner, who was with husband John, said: ‘We’ve met a lot of friends down here that we haven’t seen for a long time.

‘The music, beer and weather has been great.’




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