Beer festival cash on offer to local charities

Crowds helped raise more than �40,000

Crowds helped raise more than �40,000

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GOOD causes and charities are being invited to apply for a share of the £40,000 raised by the recent Hastings Beer and Music Festival.

The three-day bash in Alexandra Park earlier this month saw more than 10,000 revellers down 20,000 plus pints while enjoying performances from a string of local acts - including award-winning jazz star Liane Carroll.

Organised by the Hastings Round Table, the event was staffed by more than 200 volunteers who helped man Europe’s longest bar and sell more than 100 different ales inside the giant 45,000 capacity marquee.

And the group’s chairman Phil Astell was full of praise for the army of helpers, without who, he says, the festival could not possibly have gone ahead.

Now though, with the tenet packed away and the bar drunk dry for another year, the Round Table’s attention is shifting to the more important matter of what to do with the money raised.

Every penny of profit goes to good causes, and Mr Astell estimates this year’s pot is around the £40,000 mark.

Now the Round Table wants to hear from anyone who would like a financial helping hand.

Mr Astell told the Observer: “The festival was a great success so now we need people to get in touch with us to help us spend the cash the event raised.

He continued: “We are looking for local charities, individuals, organisations, teams or clubs who could be entitled to a donation.”

There is no official closing date for applications for cash, but the Round Table is beginning to consider bids so to stand the best chance of getting funding, email info@hbmf.co.uk now.