Record numbers at Hooky beer festival to enjoy music and sunshine

The event was riaised funds for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research. Pictured with event volunteers was Emma Mortimer, who was diagnosed with Leukaemia at just ten weeks old. Picture by Claire Mortimer. NNL-150720-123247001
The event was riaised funds for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research. Pictured with event volunteers was Emma Mortimer, who was diagnosed with Leukaemia at just ten weeks old. Picture by Claire Mortimer. NNL-150720-123247001

Perfect weather conditions welcomed more than 2,000 people to Hook Norton’s Festival of Fine Ales on Saturday.

A record number of people through the gates meant all 131 casks of beer were finished by the end of the day, and organisers have estimated the event raised more than £25,000 - with half of the proceeds going to Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

Beers, ales and ciders were available to try from all across the country. Picture by Claire Mortimer. NNL-150720-155108001

Beers, ales and ciders were available to try from all across the country. Picture by Claire Mortimer. NNL-150720-155108001

As well as a large amount of beers and ales to choose from, there was also a talented line-up of music throughout the day, with music guru Pete Watkins helping bring the evening to life.

The evening was brought to a memorable close by Joe 90’s eighties covers and festival regulars MC Pigs and their 70s/80s rock covers.

Gill Begor, one of the organisers, said: “An event as successful as this could not be staged without a lot of people putting in time and effort to make sure it happens.

“The fact that this year’s festival ran so smoothly is a tribute to the large number of people that lent a hand in various capacities - local businesses that provide goods and services free of charge and teams of local people who help with ‘beer-begging’, collecting the beer from all over the county, serving beer and food and collecting tickets.”

Festival goers completely emptied 131 casks of beer at the Hook Norton Festival of Fine Ales. Picture by Claire Mortimer. NNL-150720-155057001

Festival goers completely emptied 131 casks of beer at the Hook Norton Festival of Fine Ales. Picture by Claire Mortimer. NNL-150720-155057001

Festival attendees enjoyed a selection of fine ales from across the country, including some from Scottish and Welsh breweries, lager, cider, Pimms and wine. There was also a wide selection of food, including the ever-popular hog roast.

Beers included on this year’s list were the ever-popular Golden Citrus by Oxfordshire’s Turpin Brewery, Tunnel Vision by Box Steam in Wiltshire and Stratford Gold.

And for those who wanted a stronger tipple, people could go for Orange Chocolate from Sherfield Village in Hampshire or Hop Back by Summer Lightning, with both at than five cent or more.

See more pictures in this week’s Banbury Guardian.

Hundreds of people enjoyed great weather at this year's Hook Norton Festival of Fine Ales on Saturday. Picture by Claire Mortimer. NNL-150720-123214001

Hundreds of people enjoyed great weather at this year's Hook Norton Festival of Fine Ales on Saturday. Picture by Claire Mortimer. NNL-150720-123214001

There was lots of different ales to try at the event on Saturday. Picture by Claire Mortimer NNL-150720-123225001

There was lots of different ales to try at the event on Saturday. Picture by Claire Mortimer NNL-150720-123225001