A local community beer festival hailed as the ‘best ever’ by organisers has raised over £9,000 for two local charities.
The Clifford Champion Beer Festival sponsored by Bardsey based estate agent Furnell Residential is a popular annual event, with the proceeds shared between the Village Hall and Clifford Amateur Football Club.
After a two year postponement due to Covid real ale aficionados in the local area and beyond turned up in large numbers and were keen to sample a drinks menu including over 30 real ales, cider, wine, prosecco and gin, while also enjoying a packed programme of entertainment.
Ben Furnell, Managing Director of Furnell Residential who, along with other members of the team, was on hand to help serve the drinks said: “What a fantastic community event to be involved with. A lot of effort obviously went into the planning and this has been rewarded by the excellent amount raised.”
Richard Brough from the organising committee added: “The 2022 Clifford Champion Beer Festival was the best ever and this is thanks to all those who helped in the preparation, the people who came along and of course to Furnell Residential and our other sponsors whose support is greatly appreciated. Unfortunately one person whose presence was greatly missed was Janet Allen. Janet had been a founding committee member and her sudden passing in the weeks leading up to the event was a real shock to all who knew her. ”
One other sad footnote was the death of local TV personality Harry Gration the day before the festival. Harry had been involved in the promotion of the event along with former Calendar presenter Christine Talbot.