Barrels of fun at Ascot beer festival
Published: 13 Oct 2013 12:300 comments
Ascot Racecourse hosted the seventh Ascot CAMRA Beer Festival on Friday and Saturday, with around 220 beverages on offer for punters.
More than 25,000 people attended the event with visitors sampling a selection of local ales, ciders and beers as they watched Heaven’s Guest storm to victory in the Betfred 'Goals Galore’ Challenge Cup. The festival, based in the grandstand concourse, had a ticket and voucher system in place which visitors could purchase and then redeem against any drink.
Mike Smith, from festival organisers CAMRA, said: “Our real ale and cider orderers have excelled themselves yet again to bring the largest selection that we have ever been able to offer since the inception of this festival. We have aimed to source as many beers as possible from Berkshire and the surrounding counties.”
Nearly £5,000 was raised for ABF The Soldiers Charity on the Saturday, with 18 soldiers from 42 Engineer Regiment and the Royal School of Military Survey, based in Hermitage near Newbury. The bucket collection raised £4,811, while racegoers were also entertained by the Royal Logistic
Peter Walker, Berkshire chairman of the charity, which supports serving and retired soldiers and their families, said: “They risk so much for us, but for them, it’s just doing their job. In return, we provide financial assistance when they are in real need.
He said: “We’re very grateful to the soldiers who gave up their time to support their charity and to the public for such a positive reaction.
“Everyone had a really good day and we’re extremely grateful to Ascot Racecourse for their ongoing support.
“Days such as this make a hugely valuable contribution to the Berkshire committee’s target to raise more than £100,000 per year for the charity.”