Towcester Beer Festival surpasses all expectations

Towcester beer festival at Towcestrians Rugby Club.'Crispin Slee, one of the festival organisers.
Towcester beer festival at Towcestrians Rugby Club.'Crispin Slee, one of the festival organisers.
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HUNDREDS of Bank Holiday revellers downed more than 4,000 pints during the three day Towcester Beer Festival last weekend.

The festival saw the Towcestrians Sports Club turned into a venue for live music, showcasing local talent.

Towcester beer festival at Towcestrians Rugby Club.'One of the many live music acts that performed at the festival.

Towcester beer festival at Towcestrians Rugby Club.'One of the many live music acts that performed at the festival.

Eighteen bands performed over the Bank Holiday Weekend, including ten bands from Towcester Rock School, one entirely made up of ten-year-olds.

Towcestrian Crispin Slee said the event was a resounding success, surpassing their own expectations and added: “All of the live music was fantastic and it was great to also be able provide an arena for the young bands to show off their talent.

“We emptied 43 barrels of beer and of the remaining 20, most have just fumes in them. We also sold 1,400 pints of cider, around 400 portions of Ghurka curry, 700 burgers, 550 hog roast rolls and 500 sausages.

“It was an amazing effort and I’d like to thank all the people who came, all the volunteers, all the sponsors, all the suppliers and the people who were involved in the organisation – it was a real team effort.

Towcester beer festival at Towcestrians Rugby Club.'The tug of war.

Towcester beer festival at Towcestrians Rugby Club.'The tug of war.

“We said it was going to be bigger and better and it was. Next year it will be even bigger with more ales and an evening of jazz to bring the event to a close on the Sunday.”

Gail Morecambe, the daughter of comedian Eric Morecambe, officially opened the Towcester Beer Festival on Thursday, May 3, ahead of an exclusive sponsor’s tasting session.

As well as live music, the crowds were entertained by live rugby, a sheep shearing competition and the annual tug-o-war challenge for the Roy Wilson Cup.

The festival is famous for its Ghurka curry, served every year under the watchful eye of Mark Austin, a former Major in the Ghurkas.

It takes place each year at Towcestrians in Greens Norton Road, Towcester, and money raised helps to fund the club, which this year will be refurbished as part of a badly needed £275,000 redevelopment programme.

The next major event at Towcestrians will be the inaugural Towcester Sausage and Cider Festival taking place on Diamond Jubilee Bank Holiday Monday June 4. Entry is also free to this event and there will be live music all day.

For more details click on this link to the Towcester Sausage and Cider Festival Facebook page.