RAISE your glasses as the ninth Tameside Beer Festival raised £8,000 for worthy causes.
The proceeds from the two-day Tameside Rotary organised event will be split three ways between Friends of Tameside Young Carers, Willow Wood Hospice and Tameside local charities.
Visitors had the chance to sample 39 beers including ales from local breweries Millstone from Mossley, Greenfield’s Donkeystone and Pictish, from Rochdale.
Among the visitors was Ian Openshaw, from Bury, who has been a visitor for the last three years.
Ian, who recently attended a beer festival in Holland, loves the atmosphere at Stalybridge as well as the great pies.
He selected a beer from Derbyshire brewery Ashover as his favourite tipple.
Steve Haycock, from Bolton, paid his first visit after hearing about it by word of mouth while Dukinfield’s John Elliott, a visitor for each of the last four years, selected Millstone’s True Grit as his favourite drink.
Apart from the vast array of ales, there was entertainment from singer Eric Barrow, Spindrift, Steve Wilson and The Cornelius Crane, Phoenix Brass Hoppers, Bridget and Elisabet, Tameside Community Voices, Miseley Brothers and Steely Don.
There were wonderful curries as from Delights of India, Eclectic Cakes and Carham Wines.
Civic Mayor Leigh Drennan and Jonathan Reynolds, MP for Stalybridge and Hyde, also paid visits.
As well as Rotarians, they had lots of extra volunteers who helped during the event.
Rotary’s Angela Robbins said: “We would also like to whole-hearted thank all our customers. You gave generously, acted beautifully and the atmosphere was perfect.”
For more details about Tameside Rotary Club visit their website www.TamesideRotaryClub.com or Facebook Page: Tameside Rotary Club.