Crowds flock to Marlow Beerfest

James Hockaday

James Hockaday

Crowds flock to Marlow Beerfest

Beer lovers enjoyed at least 31 different kinds of real ales and ciders at Marlow Beerfest 2016 on Friday and Saturday, courtesy of Marlow Football Club.

The club ordered a selection of beers from across the UK to let people sample Britain’s finest drinks, which were served by volunteers from Aylesbury Vale and Wycombe Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).

Entertaining the crowd was the Wycombe Steel Orchestra, who in 2012 performed for the Queen at Buckingham Palace for the her Diamond Jubilee picnic.

Ale drinker George Ekbery, 57, said: “I think because it’s a big club the festival is well organised, normally when a pub does a festival it’s in a small marquee and everything’s a bit cramped."

The beer bonanza, which at least 400 people attended across the two days, chose Macmillan Cancer Support as its chosen charity.

Sipping on a stout, 27-year-old Leah Barnes from Marlow Bottom said: “There’s a good range of beers here. It’s nice to try beers from outside the county as well.

“It’s been a really nice day so far, it’s pleasant and it’s holding up well.”

Given the the success of the first Beerfest, club director Tony Dormer said he hopes to do the same again next summer.

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