A REAL ale event which attracted 10,000 beer lovers from across South Yorkshire raised £35,000 for worthy causes.
Organisers of the White Rose ale and music festival, held at Magna has donated profits to Rotherham Hospice, Weston Park Cancer Hospital, Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, The Magna Trust and Safe@Last.
The figure is a record for the festival, held over four days at the venue in Templeborough, Rotherham.
Each of the five organisations received a cheque for £7,000 from organiser Stephen Burns.
Festival-goers enjoyed drinks from hoppy beers from Hampshire to casks from Cumbria, along with porters, stouts and ales of every kind imaginable from across Yorkshire, with a range of ciders, perries, wines and foreign beers, sold at bars which spanned well over a quarter of a mile in total.
Steve said: “This year was the first time the festival took place at Magna, and I think it proved to be every bit as successful as previous years.
“The impressive amount of money raised reflects the continued popularity of the event.
“The Rotherham Real Ale and Music festival is the largest beer festival in the North of England and we hope that 2012 will be every bit as successful as this year’s event.
“We’ve built up a very loyal following, many of whom have supported the event for many years.
“It also attracts growing numbers of visitors from across the UK, keen to sample the unique atmosphere that is created by the event every year.”
The Rotherham Real and Music Festival started life in 1992, as a fundraiser organised by the PTA at Oakwood Comprehensive School.
It has continued to grow year on year and this year relocated to a larger site in Magna to provide a safe space for the increasing numbers of visitors.
Next year’s event, from February 29-March 3, is the 20th anniversary and will be held at Magna.
Steve said: “We have chosen ‘Baas of Steel’ as the theme because it offered a perfect connection between the venue, once Britain’s biggest steelworks in its own right, and our sheep mascot Baasil. It is an opportunity to introduce beers from areas of the UK that have not previously featured in the festival and we wanted to remind people steel working in South Yorkshire doesn’t just happen in Sheffield!”
n Tickets for 2012 are on sale at www.magnarealale.co.uk, where you can find out how to volunteer.