Thursday, September 5, 2013

News: Rotherham beer festival raises £40,000 for local good causes

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Organisers of The Rotherham Real Ale and Music Festival have revealed that this year's event raised £40,000 for local good causes.

The proceeds of "Baa'sil Goes West", the 21st time that the popular four day event has taken place, will be divided equally between Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice, the Rotherham Hospice, Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity and the Magna educational trust, with each receiving a £10,000 share from the proceeds raised at the 2013 festival.

"Baa'sil Goes West", saw the festival's popular sheep mascot visit counties in the West of England, attracting more than 11,000 real ale lovers to pack into Magna and enjoy a diverse range of entertainment along with more than 250 varieties of real ale as well as 80 varieties of  ciders, lagers, wines and perries. More than 100,000 half pints of real ale were sold during the festival.

The organisers have also confirmed that the festival will return to Magna between March 5-8 2014 when it hopes to bring a taste of Rome to Rotherham, featuring real ales that have been chosen from areas in the UK known for having a strong connection to the ancient Roman Empire and are looking for more volunteers and businesses to get involved with the event.

Magna is the UK's first science adventure centre and is set in the former Templeborough steelworks. Three superimposed Roman forts and a vicus (small settlement) were discovered through excavation on the site.

Festival organiser Stephen Burns said: "As our Wild West adventure heads for the sunset, we've set our sights on Rome and calling on all of our Friends, Romans and Countrymen to help next year's festival be just as successful as this year's event. Many people will know that Rome wasn't built in a day, but to create such a popular event as the Rotherham Real Ale and Music Festival takes many months of careful preparation and planning and we're already starting to make preparations ahead of next year's event.

"I'd like to thank everyone who helped to make 2013 another successful year for the festival, from  local businesses who supported the festival through sponsorship to our legion of volunteers that's needed to run the event. Helping to raise such a large amount of money for local good causes makes all the time and effort invested into the event very rewarding."

Organisers are on the look out for companies wanting to get involved with next year's "Ales of March" festival, anyone interested in supporting the festival – either through sponsorship, or simply volunteering at the event can get in touch via the website.

Rotherham Real Ale and Music Festival website

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