Thousands expected to quench thirst as temperatures soar

THOUSANDS of people may make thirsty work of breaking records at this year’s Worcester Beer, Cider and Perry Festival.

The Worcester Campaign for Real Ale bring their 13th celebration of hundreds of tempting tipples to the middle of Worcester Racecourse from Thursday to Saturday, August 8-10, and organisers are expecting to attract more than 14,000 people.

Offering more than 200 real ales, more than 100 ciders and perries, plus a selection of fruit and grape wines, visitors to Pitchcroft will be spoilt for choice.

Co-organiser Bill Ottaway said: “We are looking at getting more than 14,000 people through the door. “Last year we had about 13,200 and we tend to have a 10 per cent increase year on year.

“If the weather keeps on like this it could break all records.”

Mr Ottaway added the full list of beers is already available online and revellers will once again be able to check the availability of their fav-ourite pint on their smart phones during the festival.

The choice will be stretched out along 220 metres of bar space under 3,000 metres square of canvas and the festival runs from 5pm to 11pm on Thurs-day and 11am to 11pm on Friday and Saturday.

Worcester Racecourse cat-ering will be providing a wide range of food, including pasties, baked potatoes, bur-gers, chips, pies, curry and baguettes.

A host of bands will be playing, including Jasper in the Company of Others, Black Room Fiasco and Liberty Lies on Thursday evening, then Suzi and the Backbeats and Steve Gibbons and C-Jam the following evening.

During the day on Saturday there will be Huw Knight, Robster and Lee, Outland Slickers, Mark Leedham and Bethan and the Morgans, with Swing From Paris and the Vibe taking things into the night.

This year the event is supporting the Midlands Air Ambulance, Kidney Res-earch UK and Worcester Snoezelen.

Entry is £5 on Thursday and Saturday. Admission before 5pm on Friday is £5 and £8 after 5pm to include a souvenir glass and programme. For more information, go to worcesterbeerfest.org.uk.

l Your Worcester News is running a competition to win a barrel of beer supplied by Pope’s Brewery and tickets to the festival – see tomorrow’s Worcester News.

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