A north-east beer festival is toasting success after 5,500 visitors helped raise more than £29,000 for local good causes.
The figure now means the Midsummer Beer Happening in Stonehaven – which started life as the Stonehaven Real Ale Festival in 2009 – has raised £125,200 for charities since it launched.
Organiser Robert Lindsay said: “This year’s Happening was the best yet, with a never-ending flow of great beer, fantastic award-winning food and some absolutely brilliant bands.
“The atmosphere was just great with everyone enjoying what was basically a three-day party.
“Everyone at the Happening had a smile on their faces from the moment they entered our marquee to the moment they left.”
The money raised by the Happening, which was held from Thursday to Saturday in a purpose-built marquee in the town’s Baird Park, also put a smile on the faces of the charities who will benefit.
Stonehaven Sea Cadets, Stonehaven Amateur Swimming Club and local services of Alzheimers Scotland each received £8,000.
Other donations saw £1,000 each go to Stonehaven Cycling Club, Mackie FP Rugby Club, Pillar Partnership, and Strive, the local fundraisers for rugby legend Dodie Weir’s charitable organisation.
Stonehaven Lions will receive £750.
With the massive clean-up operation barely complete on this year’s Happening, Robert, who is founder of Stonehaven’s Six Degrees North brewery, said organisers are already planning for Midsummer 2019.