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PUB customers will be treated to the sound of cranked-up guitars at an annual charity beer festival.

Scores of local bands will take to a stage at the grounds of The Coal Exchange, in South Street, Emsworth, during the two-day bash – which is called ‘Coalie Fest’.

A Pink Floyd tribute band and three-piece rockers Lynchpin, who hail from Southampton, will be the headline acts.

Visitors will be treated to 12 different real ales and a barbecue at the event, which is in its fifth year.

Proceeds will go towards St Wildfrid’s Hospice and The Rowans Hospice.

Entry on both days is free.

Landlord Peter McIntyre, 45, who has been in charge of the pub for 20 years, said: ‘The atmosphere is always fantastic. The locals look forward to Coalie Fest every year and they are always keen to raise money for these causes.

‘We hope to top last year’s total of £600 raised.’

For more information contact the pub on 01243 375866