Guests drink bar dry at rugby club beer fest

An estimated 1,500 guests drank the main bar dry at Buckingham Rugby Club’s annual beer festival on Saturday.

The event held at the club’s Moreton Road ground also enjoyed a full afternoon and evening of live music, with performers giving their time for free.

Buckingham Beer and Music Festival at Buckingham Rugby Club, Maids Moreton.'130720M-B368

Buckingham Beer and Music Festival at Buckingham Rugby Club, Maids Moreton.'130720M-B368

Thirsty visitors worked their way through more than 30 barrels of real ale, cider and perry through the course of the day and evening.

Although the final total is yet to be calculated, organisers say proceeds have exceeded those from last year’s event, as well as their expectations.

The money will help fund the club’s day-to-day activities, as well as a project to resurface the club’s car park.

Club chairman Julian Cook said: “A club like ours that supports such membership, particularly of youth players, needs as much funding as it can get.

“We don’t get grant funding or Sports Council funding, so we do it through membership fees and fundraising events.”

He added: “Musicians provided their services free-of-charge, but it’s become very popular and we now have musicians asking us to come in and perform.”

Buckingham’s youth section has around 600 members, who raised most of the £70,000 needed to pay for the club’s new kitchen, which opens next month.

Following promotion, the club’s first team now plays in the South West 1 East, meaning income is more important than ever to Buckingham RFC.

Mr Cook thanked all those who had made the beer festival such a success, adding: “Each individual barrel was sponsored by companies and individuals, which we’re very grateful for.

“We’ll definitely be doing the same thing next year, with the intention of making it even bigger and better.”

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