Popular beer festival takes Beccles by storm

The 4th annual Beccles Beer Festival at the Public Hall in Beccles.Picture: James Bass

The 4th annual Beccles Beer Festival at the Public Hall in Beccles.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2015

Over 4,000 pints of real ale were enjoyed at a three-day beer festival.

The 4th annual Beccles Beer Festival at the Public Hall in Beccles.Picture: James Bass

The 4th annual Beccles Beer Festival at the Public Hall in Beccles.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2015

The fourth annual Beccles Beer Festival at the town's Public Hall saw 30 real ales, craft lagers, ciders and a perry from 25 different breweries within 30 miles of the town.

It started on Friday, November 13 and drew to a close last night.

Waveney district councillor Graham Elliott organised the event and said it was a big success for the whole town.

'We've had a lot of people who have come from all over, but there's also a lot of local people.


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'It's such a good, small beer festival and it's a real community event.

'What we're doing is celebrating local ales, but also celebrating the Public Hall, which is the heart of Beccles.

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'On Sunday most of the people were from Beccles and it was great to see the hall full on a Sunday, when it's usually so quiet.'

As well as celebrating local breweries, the event also raised funds for the Beccles Lido and the bar was manned by volunteers.

'The fundraising is really important,' said Mr Elliott.

The final total of how much was raised for the Lido is still being counted up, but Mr Elliott said he is confident the festival has been a 'successful' fundraiser.

There was also live music on Friday and Saturday night, from Gorleston group Dumbfoundus who played an eclectic mix of covers and original material and Murphys Lore.

'There was a great atmosphere,' said Mr Elliott. 'The main bands were really well-received and the whole front of the hall was full of people enjoying the music, dancing and singing along.'

Are you organising a charity event? Email polly.grice@archant.co.uk.

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