Photo gallery: Beccles Beer Festival draws large crowds

PUBLISHED: 17:49 10 November 2013 | UPDATED: 18:08 10 November 2013

The 2nd Beccles Beer Festival at Beccles Public Hall.

Picture: James Bass

The 2nd Beccles Beer Festival at Beccles Public Hall. Picture: James Bass

(C) Archant Norfolk 2013

Beer and cider lovers have made Beccles their home over the weekend as a celebration of local breweries and community spirit is held in the town.

The second Beccles Beer Festival saw at least 1,000 people pass through its doors between Friday night and this afternoon.

It runs until 11pm tonight.

Held at Beccles Public Hall the free festival is seeing punters try out 26 real ales and six ciders from breweries that are all within 25 miles of the north Suffolk market town.

And as well as celebrating regional breweries, such as Lacons in Great Yarmouth and the Wissett Plough Potting Shed, the event is also helping to raise funds for Beccles Lido, the community owned open-air swimming pool in the town.

As drinkers raise their glasses as they sample the beer and cider on offer, there is also live music to keep them entertained during the festival.

Organiser Graham Elliott said this year’s festival had even more beer and cider on tap than last year’s inaugural event to make sure the drinks kept flowing.

Speaking this afternoon Mr Elliott said: “We have had over a thousand people through the doors so far.

“It has all gone very smoothly so far. Friday night and Saturday was manic though. We had a good combination of local Beccles people here and real ale enthusiasts from across East Anglia. That is a good mix.

“The music has gone down very well. It adds to the atmosphere of the festival.

“It has been very much a community event, it is based in a community run hall to raise funds for a community run lido and is a celebration of Norfolk and north Suffolk breweries.”

Mr Elliott said next year’s Beccles Beer Festival will take place a week later on the calendar.

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