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Pints pour and sun shines on Spalding Beer and Music Festival




Organisers of the third Spalding Beer and Music Festival are toasting the success of the event, with crowds slightly up this year.

Castle Sports Complex welcomed an estimated 2,800 people for the bank holiday family event organised by Spalding and District Round Table.

More than 100 different beers and ciders were served and drunk as about 20 bands and solo artists played on both the open air and indoor stages at the sports venue off Albion Street.

Richard Cooke, first team captain of Spalding Rugby Club who looks after the target practice stall where people could win a trip to watch a game of rugby sevens at Twickenham, with Alison and Kevin Hudson, Peppa and Evan Saunders. Photo by Tim Wilson.
Richard Cooke, first team captain of Spalding Rugby Club who looks after the target practice stall where people could win a trip to watch a game of rugby sevens at Twickenham, with Alison and Kevin Hudson, Peppa and Evan Saunders. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Round Table member Jason Parnell said: "The event went well and the crowds were slightly bigger than in previous years.

"We had about 400 people on Friday night, 1,300 on Saturday and 1,100 on Sunday which shows that the festival was pretty popular.

"There was a lot of positive feedback from people who stayed on for the music and, at one point, we sold out of beer."

Alongside the real ales, cider and beers, was a family area with face painting, inflatable slide, bouncy castle, crazy golf, paintball alley and hook-a-duck stall.

More than 100 breweries and businesses supported the event, as well as organisations which included Spalding Rugby Club, Spalding Fire Station and new internet broadcasters Sound of Spitfire Radio.

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Crowds in high spirits at the weekend's Spalding Beer and Music Festival at Castle Sports Complex, Spalding. Photo by Tim Wilson.

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All ages at the Spalding Beer and Music Festival. Photo by Tim Wilson.

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Crowds enjoy the warm weather outside Spalding's Castle Sports Complex. Photo by Tim Wilson. Jess, Sarah and Linda Drury listen to Cuttin' Loose on the Main Stage. Photo by Tim Wilson. Visitors have a go at the hook-a-duck game. Photo by Tim Wilson. Samantha Twite, Jade and Lauren Pontin. Photo by Tim Wilson. Spalding beer festival at Castle ComplexSam Nundy draws the pints (2231875) Spalding beer festival at Castle ComplexFestival goers outside and in hall with bands (2231878) Spalding beer festival at Castle ComplexFestival goers outside and in hall with bands (2231881) Spalding beer festival at Castle ComplexFestival goers outside and in hall with bands (2231884) A time for community at the Spalding Beer and Music Festival. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Singer-songwriter Meg McPartlin, who played two sets on Friday and Saturday, said: "It was really lovely to have been asked to open the Beer and Music Festival on Friday night.

"It was lovely that the organisers had enough confidence in me and the event has made a huge difference to Spalding in terms of live music because it's not out there enough.

"Having something like this is getting live music and local bands out here for local people to see them."

Rachel Fox, of 1Life which manages Castle Sports Complex, said: "The festival was very successful and we were really busy.

"We were fortunate that the weather was nice which brought people down so we were really pleased with it and the event went very well.

"Those who came enjoyed it and it raised lots of money for good causes locally."

"The sports centre was open to other users while the festival was on and it didn't disrupt business.

Mark Le Sage, in charge of the festival's music, said: "It was a great weekend and we've had some lovely messages of 'Thank You' and 'Looking forward to next year'.

Organisers of the Spalding Beer and Music Festival (back) Louise Luck, Matt Burchnall, Tanya Glover, Sam and Dani Nundy, Matt Clark, Tom Bradshaw, (front) Mark Le Sage, Matthew Cole, Chris McKenna and Dave Jackson. Photo by Tim Wilson.
Organisers of the Spalding Beer and Music Festival (back) Louise Luck, Matt Burchnall, Tanya Glover, Sam and Dani Nundy, Matt Clark, Tom Bradshaw, (front) Mark Le Sage, Matthew Cole, Chris McKenna and Dave Jackson. Photo by Tim Wilson.

"We were very pleased, very proud and very grateful for our supporters, sponsors, the bands and everybody who made an effort to come, making the event the success it was."



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