Third Stonehaven Real Ale Festival says cheers
WHAT: Stonehaven Real Ale Festival..
WHERE: Stonehaven Town Hall
WHO: Organised by local real ale fans.
THE Stonehaven Real Ale Festival is toasting a third successful event. The celebration of the best in Scottish beers drew around 2,000 visitors during its three days at Stonehaven Town Hall. Organiser
Robert Lindsay said: "The feedback from everyone who came along has
been fantastic, with people telling us how much they enjoyed themselves.
"It has always been our aim to put on an event where people can have a great night, with superb live music, a friendly, vibrant atmosphere and - of course - a chance to sample an ale from every working brewery in Scotland."
Robert said the festival had been busy from the moment it opened its doors last Thursday.
" The Friday night was clearly a huge draw. When we opened our doors at 5pm we already had a queue right along the street from the Town Hall.
"And, once again, the festival-goers drank us dry with the last pint being downed at around 9pm on the Saturday night."
The event is run by local real ale fans on a not-for-profit basis and money raised will this year be split between two charities - the Maritime Rescue Institute, which runs Stonehaven's lifeboats, and the Stonehaven Sea Cadets.
Robert said: "We are still in the process of making a final tally, but we hope to give both of these worthwhile causes a real boost."
He added that the success of the festival was down to the volunteers who helped in every aspect, from organising the event, to setting up the hall, to manning the pumps.
"We can't thank them enough or the bands and musicians who came along to play, such as The Trybe, The 39 Steps, No Hot Ashes and many, many more."
"But most of all we want to thank everyone who turned out to enjoy the festival and make it such a great occasion.
"We are already planning next year's and hope to welcome everyone back for three days from November 1."