Newbury Real Ale Festival goes down a treat
Hundreds of ales, beers and ciders for sampling
THE Newbury Real Ale Festival seems to have gone down smoothly for another year.
Now in its 12th year the festival is continuing to pull in the crowds, with hundreds of people pouring into Northcroft Park today.
Among them was Newbury resident Robert Moffat, out with his wife Anne and sons Michael and Aidan.
Mr Moffat said: "It's good for the town, definitely. It brings some people in instead of people disappearing off to Basingstoke or Reading."
He added that the festival was a good social event for the town to have, with his family catching up with friends at the event.
Local brewers were also feeling the festival vibe.
Mark Genders, who runs the Five Bells at Wickham and Hungerford's John O'Gaunt, said that the festival was great for the town and for spreading the word, and flavour, of locally brewed ales.
Speaking at the event organiser David Whittingham said that a steady stream of people had been turning up throughout the day, with the number of people attending looking to have surpassed that of last year.
The festival, which raises money for Naomi House and Newbury and Thatcham Hockey Club, runs until 11pm tonight.
For a full report and more pictures, pick up a copy of The Newbury Weekly News on Thursday.