Hundreds sup some great grog and help to raise funds for very worthy charities

Bexhill’s real ale and music festival drew the crowds for the second year and organisers say its success has placed it firmly on the town’s social calender.

Bexhill Rotary’s Ale & Arty, held at the De La Warr Pavilion last Friday and Saturday, pulled in punters from far and wide, and organiser Rotarian Colin Stutely said without this support and that of Bexhill Rotarians, past and present, and their families, the event would not work, adding: “I want to thank everyone who helped us with Ale & Arty this year and made it even better. We are truly grateful to the people of Bexhill and beyond who supported Ale & Arty in such amazing numbers.

“It’s our second go at this festival and, judging from feedback, this looks like an annual fixture that could go on for many years.”

Ale & Arty offered 28 real ales and five real ciders. Live music kicked off on Friday evening (March 21) with The Exiles followed by No Exit and Royal Sovereign Morris Dancers on Saturday lunchtime. The final session on Saturday night featured Howlin’ Blues.

Around 800 people attended the two day festival, and were presented with a commemorative festival glass.

Colin said the raffle raised around £1,200 with the festival itself producing a surplus expected to be over £2,000. “When all the accounting has been completed, the likely final figure of over £3,200 will be donated to a range of carefully selected needy causes including St. Michael’s Hospice, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Hearing Dogs for the Deaf.”

The raffle was won by Mr & Mrs. Galantini from Wadhurst who are now the proud owners of a 42” LG plasma TV (kindly donated by Adams & Jarrett of St. Leonards).

Colin added: “A huge ‘thank you’ to our main sponsors Franklins Brewery, the various firms who sponsored barrels of beer and cider and advertised in the programme, the musicians and Morris dancers who entertained us, the De La Warr team who worked tirelessly to put on this show, and to the Bexhill Observer and our other publicity contacts for promoting the festival so widely – without these people, the event would certainly not have as good and enjoyable as it turned out to be.”

Bexhill Rotary President John Cooper said: “Well done to everybody and roll on next year when we can do it all again to help those less fortunate whilst having a good time.”

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