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THOUSANDS of pounds were raised for a worthy cause at an event showcasing the best cider and sausages.

More than 300 visitors packed out Portchester Community Centre for the occasion.

Cash from the sale of six different varieties of sausage and a range of cider and perries were poured back into the centre, which is a registered charity.

In total, £3,700 was collected and £500 from the total was given to Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.

Pompey Pluckers, a ukulele group which is supporting the ambulance charity, also performed for crowds. Event organiser Adrian Walter, who was appointed the centre’s outreach worker in April, said: ‘We are delighted with how the event went.

‘A lot of people found out about the centre this way and in future they will hopefully come back and bring others.’

The event came to light after this year’s Portchester Beer Festival, also held at the centre.

As reported, the festival has been running for 12 years and raises cash for The Fire Fighters Charity each year.

Mr Walter said: ‘I run the beer festival and we always sell out of cider really quickly.

‘Sausages quite often go well with cider so that’s where the idea came from to hold this event.’

The sausage varieties, which came from Twells Tradition butchers, in Portchester, were; Spanish spicy, hickory smoked, spring onion and ginger, turkey and herb, apple and honey and cider and apple.

The tasty treats were served up with mash and spring onion gravy and washed down with the cider.

A selection of bottled beers was available for those who fancied something different.

Samples of oils, chutneys, flapjacks and different flavoured marshmallows were also on sale.