Hundreds enjoy sell-out Seend beer festival

Wiltshire Times: Jan Glynn toasts the festival with a Sign of Spring green ale Jan Glynn toasts the festival with a Sign of Spring green ale

Nearly 700 people enjoyed the tipples on offer at Seend Beer Festival in the community centre on Saturday.

For the first time in the event’s 13 years, all 500 tickets were sold in advance and some people brought friends who did not drink beer.

Richard Todhunter, one of the organisers, said it was hoped the event had raised about £2,000 for the community centre.

People sat outside on straw bales and some brought picnics, while others tucked into the hog roast and burgers being sold.

There were more than 30 beers and ciders – from traditional amber to a special green offering – by breweries from all over the country and home-grown ales from Pewsey, Warminster and Sutton Veny.

In the afternoon, guitarist Vince Freeman and teenage band The Drystones entertained the crowd in a marquee, while Stoned-F brought the festival to an end with a rip-roaring performance inside the community centre in the evening.

People from across Wiltshire, Bristol, Frome and Gloucestershire attended, as did three visitors from Australia.

Mr Todhunter said: “It was one of the most successful festivals. Everyone enjoyed themselves and we had no problems. There was a bit of a cold wind but it didn’t stop people enjoying themselves – the wind dropped as the day went on.

“It’s become a social occasion. People arrange for their families to stay for the weekend and to attend the beer festival on the Saturday.

“There were lots of families there and children could play in the field nearby. It makes for a nice environment. We have never sold out in advance before and we had a few people turn up on the day hoping to get a ticket.”

The first beer to sell out was The Bees Knees, brewed by Great Western Brewing at Hambrook, near Bristol.

Another beer, Sign of Spring, made by Stonehenge Brewery at Netheravon, near Amesbury, proved a talking point because of its vivid green colour and was also popular.

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