GALLERY: Record numbers at Hitchin Beer Festival

REVELLERS were treated to more than 70 different types of beverages at a beer festival last weekend, with a record number of 2,175 people walking through the doors over the course of two days.

The Hitchin Beer and Cider Festival kicked off at Hitchin Town Hall on Friday at noon, and carried on until 11pm Saturday night.

There were 8,400 pints of beer, more than 1,000 pints of cider and just short of 1,000 bottles of foreign beer consumed over the course of the weekend.

The 11th festival of its kind was organised by Hitchin Round Table and North Herts Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).

It will be the last year the event is held at the town hall over the next few years, due to planned works on the building.

“It was a fantastic finale,” said festival organiser Andy Rawnsley.

“There was no trouble and everyone really enjoyed themselves. Everything went like clockwork.

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“It was a record breaking weekend on all accounts.”

The event also coincided with the 40th anniversary of CAMRA, which celebrated its birthday in the same week.

The hunt is already on for a venue for next year, and will have to be found within the next three months.

Proceeds from the event will be split between the Round Table and North Herts CAMRA.

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