Cheers! It’s festival time again

Another good turnout similar to last year, pictured above, is expected at this years Ponteland Beer Festival. Picture by Jack Edward Storey.
Another good turnout similar to last year, pictured above, is expected at this years Ponteland Beer Festival. Picture by Jack Edward Storey.
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Hundreds of beers, lagers and ciders will be on offer when two beer festivals take place this weekend.

Ponteland Beer Festival and Morpeth Beer Festival are being held at the towns’ respective rugby clubs.

The annual community fixture in Ponteland has now been extended to a third day.

It all kicks-off tomorrow from 6pm, with music from the acclaimed Dunston Silverband and Northstar.

It continues with the Ponteland Community Wind Band on Saturday afternoon, with the raucous Holy Moly and the Crackers and the Richard Kain Band pumping up the volume from late afternoon through into Saturday evening.

Sunday includes the Northumberland County Vice Presidents game and has the backdrop of folk band Alistair Anderson and Northlands, as well as another debutant in The Rock Choir.

Prosecco, soft drinks and a gin bar will also be available in the marquees. Food comes courtesy of the Longhorns Barbecue Smokehouse.

Organiser Andy Maidwell said: “We are hugely excited to be hosting the beer festival once again and it’s also a wonderful way to celebrate the club’s 50th birthday.

“With demand at an all time high, it now goes across three days rather than two and the Saturday coincides with Ponteland’s final fixture of the season against Seaton Carew.”

At Morpeth, band Tiny Afro will perform after the Morpeth Marauders v Border Park game tomorrow evening (7pm kick-off).

The action on Saturday afternoon includes more rugby and live vocalists and there will be music from Scratch between 8.45pm and 11pm.

There will also be a gin, fizz, wine and Pimms area at the festival.

For more information, including ticket details, visit www.pontelandbeerfestival.co.uk and www.morpethrfc.co.uk/beer