North Walsham beer festival organisers are toast of town

Crowds turned out for the Round Table's annual beer festival in North Walsham. Picture: ALLY McGILVR

Crowds turned out for the Round Table's annual beer festival in North Walsham. Picture: ALLY McGILVRAY - Credit: Archant

North Walsham Round Table was the toast of the town at the weekend after hosting its fourth annual beer festival.

Crowds turned out for the Round Table's annual beer festival in North Walsham. Picture: ALLY McGILVR

Crowds turned out for the Round Table's annual beer festival in North Walsham. Picture: ALLY McGILVRAY - Credit: Archant

The North Walsham Beer Festival is organised by volunteers from the Round Table and every penny raised benefits local charities and good causes.

The inaugural event in 2013 raised £1500, a total that was more than doubled the following year when £4000 was collected; and in 2015 that figure was doubled again when £8000 was raised and the bar ran dry on the second night.

While this year's total had yet to be announced, organisers were confident of topping it once again after pulling more than 2000 beers and being forced to draft in extra supplies after running out of drink on the first night.

Speaking during the event at the town's Scout Hut on Saturday, Trevor Ivory, North Walsham Beer Festival coordinator, said: 'North Walsham does not have many big community events, the carnival ceased a few years ago, as did the firework display, and so we are proud of what we do and think that it is a great opportunity to show something positive happening in our town.

Crowds turned out for the Round Table's annual beer festival in North Walsham. Picture: ALLY McGILVR

Crowds turned out for the Round Table's annual beer festival in North Walsham. Picture: ALLY McGILVRAY - Credit: Archant


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'This weekend was amazing. We took thousands of pounds, beating last year's record on the Friday night.

'We had a cracking band, Agent Orange, which I think made the difference because they're a big draw.

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'This year we started with ten extra barrels than we started with last year.'

But he added: 'For the first time ever we were running out of beer on the Friday night, which is even worse than last year when we ran out on Saturday night but we had better contingency planning.'

Crowds turned out for the Round Table's annual beer festival in North Walsham. Picture: ALLY McGILVR

Crowds turned out for the Round Table's annual beer festival in North Walsham. Picture: ALLY McGILVRAY - Credit: Archant

North Walsham Round Table, which is open to men aged between 18 and 45, is the largest Round Table in Norfolk. To find out more and to join visit: northwalsham.roundtable.co.uk

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