Councillors support beer festival

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Support from West Lindsey District Councillors has enabled the popular Gainsborough beer festival to purchase vital equipment.

The new hand pumps will mean organisers will no longer have to hire them for future events, allowing funds to be ploughed back into the event.

Now in its ninth year, the annual festival, organised by the town’s branch of CAMRA, attracts real ale enthusiasts from far and wide to Gainsborough Old Hall.

Across the three day event, visitors can sample a large selection of beers, ciders and perries in a variety of styles, strengths and flavours, as well as enjoy along with entertainment and live music.

John Platt, Gainsborough CAMRA Branch Treasurer, said: “I want to thank councillors for their generous contribution to our beer festival held at the Old Hall last October.

“The festival was once again a terrific success and attracted over 1,800 visitors.

“We also understand some of the other pubs in town experienced one of their busiest weekends of the year and the town as a whole benefited.”

“We are already busy planning for this year’s festival – so put the dates in your diary!”

Coun Trevor Young donated £1,000 from his Councillor Initiative Fund, with Councillors Judy Rainsforth and Mathew Boles each contributing £500 and Coun Sheila Bibb £200.

Coun Young said: “I was delighted to use some of my Councillor Initiative Fund to support the Gainsborough Beer Festival.

”It is a great event, held in the wonderful surroundings of Gainsborough Old Hall.

“John and his colleagues do a fantastic job putting on this event with very little support.

“This is an excellent example of local people making a huge difference to the place we live.”

The 2017 Gainsborough Beer Festival will be at the Old Hall on October 19, 20 and 21.

For more details about Gainsborough CAMRA and the 2017 beer festival, visit or the Gainsborough Camra Facebook page.