Bourne’s annual beer festival will go ahead as planned, thanks to the determined efforts of organisers battling heavy rain.
Bourne and District Round Table members have spent the week hauling beer barrels across soggy ground, ready for this weekend’s Bourne Festival.
Now in its 12th year, the festival on the Wellhead will open at 6pm tonight and will close at 10pm on Sunday.
Visitors will be able to sample the huge selection of real ales and ciders and listen to the variety of bands on the main stage.
There will be funfair rides and performances in the events arena, and plenty of stalls from clubs and charities to browse.
While the weather has affected some events in the area, the Round Table members were determined to make the festival a success.
Neil Bothwell is among those who have been working hard all week. He said: “We are now at that point of no return. We’re putting things in place to make sure everything gets on the field.
“Everything will be here as usual and we are still getting the funfair, although there might not be as many of the bigger rides.”
The festival has become an important part of the Bourne community, raising thousands for charity.
Round Table chairman Richard Ludlow said: “The festival is designed to give the community of Bourne something to enjoy with friends and family.
“This is core to us at Bourne Round Table because the festival is our key fundraising event each year that allows us to put something back into local good causes.”
Among the causes at this year’s event will be Bourne2Play. The group was set up to raise money for new play equipment on the Wellhead, and will have a stall to explain their project.
Former Stamford School pupil Mark Cousins will also launch his new barbecue business Crankie at the event.
The festival is open 6pm to 11pm Friday, midday to 11pm Saturday and midday to 10pm Sunday. Entry is £2 per day or £5 for the weekend. Visit www.bournefestival.com