Raising a glass or two for charity

Mark Menzies from Whitehouse Farm at Morpeth seen with European Eagle Owl 'Blinkie' and Festival Manager Neil Harvey at Tynemouth Beer Festival, Tynemouth Cricket Club.'REF 2009139011
Mark Menzies from Whitehouse Farm at Morpeth seen with European Eagle Owl 'Blinkie' and Festival Manager Neil Harvey at Tynemouth Beer Festival, Tynemouth Cricket Club.'REF 2009139011
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Thousands of people enjoyed a pint or two as they helped raise money for two sports clubs and a local charity.

There were a total of 80 real ales and 20 ciders and perries for visitors at the Tynemouth Beer Festival to choose from last weekend.

The yearly attraction took place at Tynemouth Cricket Club to help raise funds for the club and the adjoining Percy Park RFC, as well as their chosen charity the Percy Hedley Foundation.

Other attractions to keep visitors entertained including a birds of prey display by Whitehouse Farm and live music on the Saturday night.

Local breweries Cullercoats, Three Kings, Mordue, Jarrow and Tyne Bank were among those who produced some of the real ales.