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Rippingale Beer Festival goes with a swing

Rippingale beer festival organisers John Scholes, Andrew Hyland, Trevor Larner, Jeannie Tarleton and Rhianna Hyland EMN-140829-174827009

Rippingale beer festival organisers John Scholes, Andrew Hyland, Trevor Larner, Jeannie Tarleton and Rhianna Hyland EMN-140829-174827009

Bright sunshine in the wake of a wet and windy week saw more than the usual number of residents head to the Rippingale Beer Festival.

The annual event saw visitors down 1,800 pints of beer over two days.

Gail Hyland, one of the organisers said: “The music was really great. And we were very lucky with the weather as it stayed dry nearly all the time.”

Ms Hyland said this year they had introduced a car boot sale on Sunday which attracted many people from further afield.

She said: “Sundays are usually quieter, but the car boot sale brought in many people. There were people from many of the surrounding villages which made the Sunday very busy.”

This is the 14th year of the Rippingale Beer Festival which aims to “put something back into the community”.

Profits from this year’s event will go to two charities - Notts and Lincs Air Ambulance and the area’s first responders as well as “other good causes”.

Funds are raised through the £5 per car charged for the boot sale and businesses and individuals sponsoring the 21 barrels of beer for between £50 to £100 each.

Ms Hyland said: “That had become difficult in the past few years after the recession. But this year more than half the barrels were sponsored and we had the best year for a while with sponsorships.”

There was none of the previous year’s trouble either when the beer tent was broken into and two barrels of beer were damaged.

This year with three people taking turns to sleep in the beer tent to keep potential thieves away, Ms Hyland said, they had “no problem whatsoever” and the everything went “very well”.

 

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