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AXMINSTER : Beer festival breaks records

Thursday, 03 July 2014

HE PARTY BEGINS: Pints have been pulled to kick-start the festival

HE PARTY BEGINS: Pints have been pulled to kick-start the festival

Axminster Beer, Cider and Music Festival organisers are cautiously optimistic that Saturday’s showpiece broke both attendance and profit records. Being the main fundraiser for Axminster Tourist Information Centre (TIC), organisers are always worrying about the weather. England’s elimination from the World Cup meant there would be no clash with a knock-out game on Saturday evening, but rain was forecast. Lead organiser Shane Morgan said: “It was very suitable weather, we were lucky not to have huge downpours as forecast. “We haven’t got the figures yet, but it looks like a record crowd of up to1,500 – and hopefully that will translate into the best overall profit. “It is not a cheap event to put on but, from what we can see, it should be the best ever.” Last year’s festival, for example, cost more than £12,000 to put on. The aim this year was to make a profit of up to £7,000, including a £1,000 donation to the Rotary Club of Axminster for assisting with the running of the event. The festival opened at 1pm and went on until 1am, offering 20 different beers, cider from four producers and a selection of acts and bands on the stage. Mr Morgan praised everyone who had supported the event in various ways, saying: “It does help keep the doors of our TIC open for another year.”

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