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Village beer festival organisers served up a treat for scores of visitors despite having been hit by vandals before the event.

More than 1,000 pints of real ale were drunk at the Rippingale Beer Festival, which was held over three days at the weekend on the village playing field.

Preparations for the festival took a blow when vandals got in to the marquee last Tuesday night and punctured two barrels of beer.

More than 75 pints were lost, equating to a value of about £250, which would have gone to the festival’s two chosen charities, the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance, and emergency group Lives First Responders.

But organisers were determined the show would go on.

They stayed up to guard the beer overnight and were delighted with the turnout and support given by the villagers and visitors from further afield.

Committee member Andrew Hyland said: “We had a bad start but it turned out to be a great weekend.

“We had about 900 visitors over the weekend, most of which were villagers but we had our regulars from Bourne and others from across the area.

“The break-in was a talking point and we even had three or four people saying they would help guard the barrels at next year’s event. It’s really nice to have the support.”

The festival featured 20 real ales, six ciders and a lager, as well as a barbecue run by the village allotment society, plus a tea and cake tent.

There was also live music with performances from local artists, and a bouncy castle and children’s games.

Organisers are still counting up the total funds raised before they are given to its chosen charities. Last year’s event raised about £2,000.

Mr Hyland added: “I think we’ve raised the same as last year even with the disruption last week, which is great. The music was pretty good and went down well with all the visitors.”

 

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