Cricket club hosts its first beer festival

Philadelphia Cricket and Community Club members, left to right, Dave Carr, Ken Robinson, Lisa Walker, Adam Walter, Paul Harris and Ashley Chilcott, toasting the clubs forthcomming beer festival
Philadelphia Cricket and Community Club members, left to right, Dave Carr, Ken Robinson, Lisa Walker, Adam Walter, Paul Harris and Ashley Chilcott, toasting the clubs forthcomming beer festival
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Dozens of ales and ciders will be on sale as a beer festival takes place for the first time at a Wearside cricket club.

Philadelphia Cricket and Community Club, in Houghton, will be hosting its inaugural music and beer festival on a weekend next month.

We’ll have a marquee up adjoining the club house but are hoping for nice weather as well.

Malcolm Pratt, Philadelphia Cricket Club chairman

A total of 16 bands will be playing at the extravaganza, with more than 60 cask beers and ciders on tap for drinkers to try out.

Chairman of the club Malcolm Pratt said: “We’ll have a marquee up adjoining the club house, but are hoping for nice weather as well.”

The beer festival takes place from Friday, July 3, to Sunday, July 5. Tickets for the festival, which can be bought from the cricket club, in Philadelphia Lane, are priced £5 for the Friday evening opening event, and £10 for Saturday or Sunday

A weekend pass can be bought for £20.

Buying a ticket includes a programme, pint glass and one free drink.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

The club is once again hosting a ladies charity cricket match next month, in memory of youth player Glenn Robinson, who died aged just 16 after suffering from meningitis.

Since Glenn’s death in 1997, his dad Ken, 70, has raised more than £80,000 for the Meningitis Research Foundation, of which he is now an ambassador.

The match at Bunker Hill will take on a cowboys and Indians theme.

It takes place on Sunday, July 12, with a family fun day, which includes a barbecue and bouncy castle, with hundreds of people expected to attend.