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A GOSPORT pub’s music and beer festival has been hailed a success after drink sales went through the roof.

Customers drank more than 2,000 pints of real ale and cider at The Clarence Tavern, in Clarence Road between August 31 and September 2.

Families were treated to a bouncy castle, face painting, hog roast and an ice cream van selling home-made varieties during the two-day bash.

An antiques market selling vintage clothes was also set up outside.

More than 40 local bands supplied by Quay West Studios Ltd, in Quay Lane, Gosport, performed on two stages inside the pub.

The pub plans to hold another beer and music festival in January.

Landlord Patrick Noonan, who runs the pub with his partner Teresa Kirby, said: ‘The event was a massive success. I’m amazed how much beer we went through. We had nothing left.

‘I’m only just starting to get back to normality now.

‘The event brought the whole community together.

‘What made it for me was seeing so many local bands playing.

‘For many of them it was the first time they got to play a gig and perform on a stage.

‘Live music is something we definitely want to keep promoting here.’

For more information about upcoming events call the pub on (023) 9252 9726.