Updated: Monday, 6th April 2020 @ 8:41am

Tameside Beer Festival goes down smoothly as they donate all money to 'End Polio Now'

Tameside Beer Festival goes down smoothly as they donate all money to 'End Polio Now'

By Liam Hocking

The inaugural Tameside Beer Festival took place this weekend in Stalybridge.

The event, organised by the Rotary Club of Aston-under-Lyne, donated all proceeds to the ‘End Polio Now’ campaign – supported by Bill Gates.

The festival took place over two days with more than 30 real ales served at £2.50 per pint.

Rotary International’s campaign has already been a success – 121 countries have been cleared of polio – and are hoping to raise a further $200,000.

This final push will be matched by the Bill and Melina Gates Foundation.

The Rotary Club hope the beer festival becomes an annual event and member Alan Jones came up with the idea.

Fellow-members Mike Glover and Jeremy Greenwood duly obliged in helping M. Jones to organise the festival.

“Alan was determined it was going to happen,” Mr Glover said.

The Rotary club also managed to get companies to sponsor the beer at £100 per barrel.

“Every pint I sell is going to charity,” said Mr Glover.

Stalybridge Civic Hall hosted the event at a concession price – and the crowds turned up in their hundreds for the charity event.

“It is something that is needed in Stalybridge,” said local Rob Spurrett, 36.

“I hope it does become an annual event.”

Live music was played in the form of jazz from 8pm onwards – something which added to the friendly and welcoming atmosphere.

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) also aided the event and advertised it in their magazine ‘Opening Hours’.

Steve Crane of Stalybridge was of the opinion that the festival could have been advertised slightly better after hearing about it through ‘Opening Hours’.

Mr Crane said: “It should have been in the local advertiser but I do appreciate that it costs a lot of money.”

People of all ages and genders attended on Friday – in particular Sally Stahler of Denton appreciated the good cause of the event.

She said: “Anything that helps to end polio has got to be good.”

The beer was supplied by the Titanic – a Stoke-on-Trent based brewery – after the Rotary Club ruled out other companies.

Mr Glover said: “Titanic provided the complete package. They were a little bit more professional.”

Brian Travis – president of the Rotary Club of Ashton-under-Lyne – was overwhelmed by the help and support of everyone involved.

“Thank you to all those who supported our vision,” said Mr Travis.

“This event would not have been possible without the generous support of CAMRA, our sponsors and advertisers.”

The Rotary Club are keen to recruit new members of all ages to their ranks and meet on Monday evenings.

If you are interested in joining call 07514 277 663 or visit www.ribi.org