AFTER all the fun and merriment of this year’s Rotherham Real Ale and Music Festival, organisers served up another treat this week.
For they revealed sales at the event have raised a record-breaking £35, 000 for local charities!
The impressive figure, the largest amount the festival has ever generated, was raised in just four days in March by visitors to the festival at the Magna Centre.
More than 10,000 drinkers packed into the centre to sample the 230 real ales available from Britain’s White Rose counties.
Hoppy beers from Hampshire to casks from Cumbria, along with ales from the four corners of Yorkshire, proved to be a winning combination as thirsty visitors managed to drink over 85,000 half-pint glasses.
Festival organiser Stephen Burns has now presented a cheque for £7000 to each of the five benefiting charities: The Rotherham Hospice, Weston Park Cancer Hospital, Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, The Magna Trust, and Safe@Last.
He said: “Over the years, we’ve built up a very loyal following, many of whom have supported the event for many years.
“It also attracts growing numbers of visitors from across the UK, keen to sample the unique atmosphere that is created by the event every year.
“This year was the first time the festival took place at Magna, and I think it proved to be every bit as successful as previous years and the impressive amount of money raised reflects the continued popularity and success of the event.
“Finally I’d like to give special thanks to all the people who gave up their time to make our 2011 festival such a huge success.
“Like almost every other beer festival in the UK, ours is staffed entirely by volunteers who give up their spare time to take on the varied jobs that it takes to make the event such a success.
“We are already starting the search for both volunteers and sponsors for next year’s festival, and would urge anyone that thinks they can help to come forwards as soon as possible.
Next year’s festival is set to take place at the Magna Centre between February 29 and March 3.
This will also mark the 20th anniversary of the event.