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Friday, 01 August 2014

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Here for the beer! Workington's Oktoberfest

Raise a glass to the hundreds of people who attended Workington’s Oktoberfest and made thousands of pounds for charity.

The beer festival, at the town’s Carnegie Theatre, on Finkle Street, was organised by Workington Rotary Club and featured dozens of beers and ciders from micro-breweries across Britain.

It included lagers and pilsner from Mitchell Krause Brewing, which were brewed in Workington.

Keith Beattie, of Rotary, said the event had been a huge success, with the first night alone breaking past records.

He said he was optimistic that this year’s event would be regarded as the most successful yet.

Mr Beattie added: “We had 100 people walk through the doors on the opening night, which is up 20 per cent on last year.

“Oktoberfest is a good, well organised event with an aim to raise money for charity.”

Last year’s festival raised £5,250, which was pooled with other money raised through the Rotary club to be spent on local causes.

Theakston Brewery sponsored the event, with entertainment provided by the Ritz Duo, The Pleasers and performances by Phil Middleton, Buzz Elliott and Mike Simpson.

This year also saw barrel-raising competitions in which customers won prizes by trying their hand at the ancient cooper’s craft, and demonstrations from Theakston’s cooper Jonathan Manby.

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