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Beer festival will help cricket club and charities

THREE DAYS OF FUN ... organiser Will Gardner, cricket player Anoop Pai and brewery boss Jess McConnell.

THREE DAYS OF FUN ... organiser Will Gardner, cricket player Anoop Pai and brewery boss Jess McConnell.

A BREWERY in South Tyneside aims to bowl over beer fans and help a cricket club.

The Bill Quay Beer Festival, held at Bill Quay Cricket Club on Friday and Sunday, will sell beers made by Jarrow Brewery, among others.

Proceeds from the three-day event will provide a boost for both the cricket club and charities including Fact, Breast Cancer Awareness and Bill Quay Community Farm.

Jess McConnell, owner of Jarrow Brewery, said: “We have been supplying our Rivet Catcher and Westoe IPA beers to the cricket club for the past two years and our beers will be among the dozens of real ales and ciders on sale.

“There are also some top music acts appearing over the weekend, including Prelude, The Revolutionaires and The Moobs.

“Plus, as well as helping raise cash for Bill Quay Cricket Club, people who go to this weekend’s beer festival will be supporting some very worthwhile cancer charities.”

Mr McConnell suggested to cricket club officials that a beer festival would be a good way to boost finances, sparking this weekend’s event.

Event organiser Will Gardner said: “We are hoping to attract about 1,500 people over the three days and we’re looking for sell-outs on some of the days.

“Tickets cost £5 for Friday and £10 on Saturday and Sunday, plus people can buy a weekend pass for £20.

“We have a range of top entertainment and we can see the festival growing in the future.”

The festival starts at 5pm on Friday and noon on Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets can be bought from Bill Quay Cricket Club in Hall Terrace, Bill Quay, Gateshead, or e-mail enquiries@billquayfestival.co.uk.

More details are available at the festival website at billquayfestival.co.uk.

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