Countdown to Hastings beer festival is on

6 July 2012. Photo by Paul Kelly. Hastings Beer and Music Festival, Alexandra Park, Hastings.
6 July 2012. Photo by Paul Kelly. Hastings Beer and Music Festival, Alexandra Park, Hastings.
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THE COUNTDOWN in on to the annual Hastings Beer and Music Festival this summer with good causes expected to benefit to the tune of £50,000.

The event over the 4,5 and 6 July attracts thousands of visitors and raises essential funds for local charities and good causes.

Earlier this month event organisers the Round Table met to write cheques for seven local beneficiaries amounting to more than £22,50

Among the worthwhile causes were Westhill Boxing club where £ 12,250 was given towards a new Minibus for the club.

Another recipient was Little Ridge Speech and Language unit where over £4,000 is being given for a special outside area for the children to enjoy

Little Sophia Wood from Bexhill, suffers from spina bifida, and was given a new trike.

The music line up for this year is a local theme with bands from the area taking to the stage.

On Friday there will be appearances by Two Tone, The Skarlets and Bev and The Beetroots. Dorey the Wise will headline.

On Saturday Not Guilty, Sam Calver, 1066 Rockitmen will warm up the crowd for headline act Under the Covers.

On Thursday night the usual Battle of Hastings Proms will take place.There will be more than 150 real ales for sale with half coming from the Sussex and Kent areas.

The Longman brewery at Litlington kindly donated 10 free casks of ale while the Hastings Brewery is supplying its beer at cost price.

Luca Venditto, who is running the festival bars and marketing, said: “This year’s theme is very much local and we’re getting very excited about it.

“The bands and the beers are mostly from around here.

“Breweries like Longman and Hastings have been very generous and without the help and support of our sponsors and volunteers we just couldn’t run the festival. Charities are more than welcome to write in to tell us why they think they should get a pitch.” For more information about tickets and the charity pitch visit www.hbmf.co.uk