Cheers! Village’s beer festival once again goes down a storm

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IT’S a beer festival that raises thousands of pounds for worthy causes every year.

Now the latest Wickham Charity Beer Festival has been hailed as the best one to date.

Around 800 ale and cider lovers guzzled hundreds of pints and savoured the sounds of great live music inside the Wickham Centre on Saturday.

There were 43 different drinks on offer – and all the supplies were wiped out by the end of the evening session.

Performances were held by the Pompey Pluckers, Jack Rabbit and Rapid Tranq.

Dave Martin, who organises the day with Mike Betts and Ashley Wilson, enjoyed serving beers from The Kennet & Avon Brewery, a new business in Wiltshire he’s become involved with.

‘It has been the best festival to date,’ said Dave.

‘We sold out all our evening tickets earlier in the week and it has been really great.’

Ale lover Neal Fray, 55, who has been to every festival bar one, said: ‘It’s nice to be able to try a variety of different beers, ones you wouldn’t normally get at a pub.’

The festival is held twice a year and this time it raised more than £7,000 towards a new pavilion in Wickham, Arthritis Research UK and Ashley’s bid to row 3,600 miles across the Indian Ocean next year.




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