Get behind beer festival for charity

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A CHARITY is encouraging people to buy tickets for this year’s Hastings Beer and Music Festival after the fundraiser helped pay for its Christmas meal.

The Association of Carers is just one of the many good causes which gets cash from the annual event, which this year takes place on Friday, July 1, and Saturday, July 2.

Every penny raised goes to charities in the Hastings area and, in the last 29 years the festival has netted a whopping £500,000.

Jo Oliver, spokesman for the Association of Carers, said the town should get behind the event. She told the Observer: “We’re really grateful for the support.

“Each Christmas, Hastings Round Table (the organisers of the festival) donate towards our Christmas meal, which rewards our volunteers and carers who work so hard.”

And, to keep costs down, the Alexandra Park event is staffed by a small army of volunteers.

Hastings Beer and Music Festival (HBMF) chairman Phil Astell explained: “The beer festival simply couldn’t run without our volunteer staff.

“We’re very proud to be part of one of Hastings’ biggest events, and grateful of our volunteers’ work to raise thousands to benefit our community.

“The HBMF is aimed at raising as much as possible for the less fortunate in Hastings, while providing brilliant entertainment for the spectators.

“It’s the best of both worlds.”

The Battle of Hastings Proms - an evening of classical music - returns for its second year on Thursday, June 30, followed by HBMF at the weekend.

Tickets can be bought in advance online at www.hbmf.co.uk or at Hastings Information Centre.