Crowds enjoy Weston Lions Club’s Real Ale Festival

PUBLISHED: 08:00 30 July 2015

Lions Real Ale Festival.

Lions Real Ale Festival.

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THOUSANDS of people enjoyed beer, cider and live music at Weston Lions Club’s Real Ale Festival.

Revellers made the most of the bright weather on Saturday, so much so the organisers had to turn people away at the door as the festival on Weston-super-Mare’s beach lawns became so busy.

One of the club’s members, Malcolm Timmis, said: “The weekend as a whole went really well.

“As for the weather, people saw the forecast and saw Sunday was not looking good, so thought they would visit on Saturday.

“So effectively we had three days of custom in one day.

“We had to turn people away who were going to spend money for the cause, so it wasn’t good for us and it wasn’t good for them. We felt rotten about having to turn people away, some people had come from Bristol, but we were just full to capacity.”

It is hoped the poor weather on Friday and Sunday will not have had an impact on the festival’s overall fundraising, and Mr Timmis said: “At this point we are hoping to have matched last year’s total and we are hoping the takings will not have dropped as a result of the poor weather.”

The event is the club’s biggest fundraiser and is run completely by volunteers.

Mr Timmis said: “At one time there must have been 25-30 people behind that bar, all volunteering their time, working their socks off, so nobody had to wait long.

“We can’t thank them enough.”

In the past year the club has raised more than £57,000. Click this link to find out more about the work Weston Lions Club does in Weston.

The Beach Lawns will now play host to Weston Dairy Festival, which has returned for the first in two decades.

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