Soon time to raise a glass at Ale-ing festival

Haverhill's Family Christmas Night (as pictured from last year) takes place on Friday, December 1. Picture by Andy Mayes.

Haverhill festive weekend has plenty for all of the family

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IT’S soon time to raise a glass or two at a popular annual beer festival.

Tickets are now on sale for The Ale-ing Beer Festival on Hayling Island.

The two-day event which begins on Friday, October 5 is held each year to raise money for the Hayling Twinning Association.

The island is twinned with Gorron, a small market town in the north-west region of France.

All the money raised goes towards cultural exchanges as well as good causes on the island.

Drinks are being sourced from breweries including Irving and Co Brewing, in Drayton, Upham Brewery, in Wiltshire, Mr Whitehead’s Cider Company, in Alton, and The Gribble Brewery, in Oving, near Chichester.

The beer bash at Hayling Island Community Centre will start at 6.30pm and rock band The Velvet Lips will perform during the evening.

Portsmouth rockers The Trevor John Band will round things off the following night.

Friday and Saturday evening’s sessions costs £9 on the door and £7.50 in advance.

The Saturday afternoon session costs £5 on the door and £4 in advance.

Visitors get a commemorative Ale-ing Fest glass, a programme and a token for one glass of beer or cider with their ticket.

Send a cheque to The Ale-ing Fest, 5 Seagrove Avenue, Hayling Island, Hampshire, PO11 9EU by September 24 or buy a ticket from the community centre.