Residents flock to rugby club for beer festival

A NEW event at Morpeth Rugby Club has been hailed a success.

There were 20 different ales and ciders to sample over two days, as well as some delicious wines, at its inaugural Beer Festival.

Those who went along to Mitford Road also enjoyed entertainment from The Projected Sound, All Shine and No Shoes, The Sage Academy of Performing Arts, Along Came Lola and The Fabulous Balls Brothers.

Club President John Price said: “We received many positive and pleasing comments back from the festival drinkers.

“The range of beers and ciders proved popular, with many selling out before the end, and the wine bar was a hit with those with a more delicate palate.

“The entertainment was exceptional throughout, including a show stopping performance from Along Came Lola who even had the hardened sailors of the Pocklington Pilgrims Touring Rugby Team standing to attention. However, they soon got back into the swing of things by getting the crowd singing along to their rendition of Sweet Caroline.

“Our thanks go to the hundreds of people who attended who we hope to see again next year and also to the many sponsors of the beers and Walton’s Marquees, whose support has helped make the event the success it was.

“Thanks also to the bands and performers, particularly the young student singers on the Saturday afternoon who did a fantastic session which the crowd loved.”

Most of the beers came from Northumberland breweries, although there were also offerings from various other parts of the country.