Beer festival to remember special sister

Christmas shopping nights can attract criminals

How to stay safe from crime while Christmas shopping

0
Have your say

REAL ales, fine music and clog dancing made for a fantastic weekend at a pub’s annual beer festival in memory of the landlord’s sister.

For the past seven years Paul Saynor and his business partner Paul Taylor have held the folk music and beer and cider festival at The Rose in June pub, in Copnor.

The ''Victory Morrismen at the beer and folk festival at The Rose in June, in Copnor. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (141928-974)

The ''Victory Morrismen at the beer and folk festival at The Rose in June, in Copnor. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (141928-974)

Mr Saynor’s sister Alison Lambley died of motor neurone disease in 2008, aged just 52.

Since then the pub has raised more than £12,000 for the Portsmouth and south-east branch of the MND Association through the three-day event.

Mrs Lambley loved folk music and traditional dancing and was a clog dancer herself.

Victory Morrismen, Wickham Morris, Red Stags Morris, Minden Rose Ladies, Fishbourne Mill Morris, Belles and Arrows Ladies and the Island Cloggers entertained the crowds.

Folk singers Iscalis, Wood, Wire and Words and Saltwatersun played to hundreds of people.

The event was wrapped up by Shep Woolley on Sunday.

Mr Saynor said: ‘Alison was a clog dancer which is why we hold this festival – it is her scene.

‘We hold this day in memory of her and to raise funds for the association.

‘In six years we’ve raised £12,000 and £3,000 of that was just last year. We hope to raise even more this year.’

Pete Ray, from Eastney Marina, has never missed the festival. The 49-year-old was sampling some of the 27 real ales and ciders.

He said: ‘We keep coming back because we really enjoy it. It’s a great atmosphere, nice people and great music.’