Houghton’s first beer festival gets underway

Ready to serve..........Houghton Round Table members gather at the pumps ready for the first Houghton Beer Festival which opens in the Welfare Hall Friday 11 may.

Ready to serve..........Houghton Round Table members gather at the pumps ready for the first Houghton Beer Festival which opens in the Welfare Hall Friday 11 may.

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A BEER festival on Wearside is pulling in hundreds of thirsty punters – and doing its bit for charitable causes.

The innaugral Round Table-hosted Houghton Beer Festival is taking place over this weekend, at Welfare Hall in the town.

Organisers say huge crowds are expected today and tomorrow, after red-hot ticket sales.

Among the 30 real ales on offer are Maxim Brewery’s Swedish Blonde, Stables’ Bobby Dazzler and Ayr Brewery’s Clachan Yill.

A trio of charities are set to benefit from festival proceeds.

Bereavement charity 4Louis, Macmillan Cancer Support and Thunder Community Trust have all been selected to benefit from the event.

Organiser of the festival and member of Houghton Round Table, John Bloomfield, said: “It’s gone really well.

“Saturday night is sold out and has been for ages.

“We’re really pleased with the number of local businesses who have put up money for sponsorship as well.”

Solo performer Glen Roughead and pop-rock four-piece Magenta Sky entertained the ale-drinking audience last night.

Hetton group Dennis, as well as Bessie and the Zinc Buckets are the bands performing this evening.

The festival is open from noon to 4pm and 6pm to 11pm today, and noon to 4pm tomorrow.

For more information about the festival go to www.houghton-beer-festival.co.uk.