Several good causes are saying cheers to beer fans after the Midsummer Beer Happening in Stonehaven raised an astonishing £27,500 for charity.
Thanks to the record-breaking 5,300 visitors to the three-day festival, held at the weekend in the town’s Baird Park, the Stonehaven fundraising group for Guide Dogs for the Blind, the Stonehaven Sea Cadets and Stonehaven Tennis Club will each receive £8,000.
In addition, Pillar Kincardine, a charity which helps promote mental health, will receive £2,000 and Stonehaven and District Lions Club and Mackie Academy FP Rugby Club will receive £750 each.
Robert Lindsay, organiser of the Happening, said: “We are delighted to be able to give each of these groups a boost for the fantastic work they do in our community. That we are able to help them is all down to the people who supported the Midsummer Beer Happening, from those who came along to the army of volunteers who helped make it happen to our generous sponsors.
“We are delighted that 5,300 people flooded into our purpose-built marquee over the three days. That is a record-breaking number of visitors for the Happening, which has now been running for three years.
“We were blessed with beautiful summer weather … which probably helped our visitors drink the event dry by Saturday evening.
“It was great to watch so many people having such a good time, enjoying fantastic beers, eating great food and being entertained by superb music in what was essentially a three-day party.”
Andrea Williams, community fundraising development officer for Guide Dogs said:”It costs just under £55,000 to train and support a guide dog partnership and every pound we raise at the event will make a difference to people who are living with sight loss.”