THE countdown is under way to an ale extravaganza.
Now in its second year, Houghton Beer Festival is set to make pots of cash for charities as well as giving drinkers a spring treat.
The festival, which takes place at Welfare Hall in the town on May 10 and 11, is expected to draw in hundreds of beer lovers, with bands also set to perform.
A provisional beer list for the festival is now being drawn up, with local, regional and national drinks expected to be on sale. Maxim Brewery has again given its backing to the fun and will be supplying a wide variety of beer.
Bereavement charity 4Louis, the Great North Air Ambulance and Cancer Research UK are the three organisations which have been announced as the chosen charities for this year’s celebration.
Lee Redford, treasurer of Houghton Round Table, which organises the event, said: “The Saturday night is probably 75 to 80 per cent sold out, so we’ve done really well with that.
“We’re just hoping we sell as many tickets as we can ahead of the festival and raise plenty of money again.
“We had people coming from all over the North East last year, and we want them here again.”
Tickets to the festival will be available to buy from Hays Travel, in Mautland Street, Houghton, from tomorrow.
For more details go to www.houghton-beer-festival.co.uk.