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Beer festival boost for village hall fundraising campaign
A BANK holiday beer festival will help raise much-needed funds for repairs to a village hall.
The second annual beer festival at the Scarth Hall, Staindrop, near Barnard Castle, starts on Friday at 7pm and continues on Saturday and Sunday.
Morris Race, chairman of the Scarth Hall Building Fund, said that while last year's inugural event proved very popular, he hoped for bigger and better this time.
The building fund has already managed to raise £80,000 which has been used to pay for a new roof and some double glazing.
“The next big project will be the refurbishment of the kitchen, cloakroom facilities and replacement windows,” he said.
The beer festival will feature 16 real ales and ciders available on draught.
There will also be 12 bands playing over the weekend, ranging from heavy rock to country.
Food and soft drinks will be available making this a family friendly event.
Mr Race said all the bands taking part had donated their fees to the hall fund and sponsors The Laurels tea shop, Louis Smith Motors and The Wheatsheaf pub were covering the cost of the beer glasses.
Single day tickets cost £6 with concessions available for those attending two or more days.
Members of the Campaign for Real Ale are also entitled to discounts.
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