Cheers! Hundreds toast thriving beer festival

RAISING A GLASS -- Scott Young, chairman of Gainsborough's CAMRA branch, toasts the successful beer festival.
RAISING A GLASS -- Scott Young, chairman of Gainsborough's CAMRA branch, toasts the successful beer festival.

Hundreds of visitors from all over the country toasted another successful Gainsborough Beer Festival, which is going from strength to strength.

This was the seventh year of the festival, which is staged in the historic surroundings of the Old Hall on Parnell Street. And the chairman of the orgnaisers, the town’s CAMRA real-ale branch, reckoned it was “the busiest we have ever been”.

“It was fantastic!” beamed Scott Young. “I have only just recovered! I reckon there were more than 2,000 visitors over the three days, and I didn’t hear a bad comment from anyone.”

Many of the visitors are attracted by the festival’s venue, a 15th century medieval manor house, which is regarded by some CAMRA enthusiasts as the perfect setting.

More than 60 beers,ciders, perrys, rose and white wines were on offer at the free event, and all bar a few drops had gone by the time of the last-orders bell. “Thornbridge Jaipur seemed to be the first to go,” said Scott. “But many of the new beers were popular as well.”

The festival also featured a quiz, a tombola and folk music and entertainment in the medieval kitchen by the likes of Paul Gibbard, Ben Jones and Phoebe Walker.

Money for charity was raised too, with this year’s beneficiaries being the pre-school and after-school clubs at Leverton Church of England Academy on Main Street, Retford, and also Home-Start, of Gainsborough, which supports families with young children.