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Cheers! Success is toasted at two popular beer festivals in Lowestoft

PUBLISHED: 15:00 16 September 2015

Large crowds gathert at the Pakefield Beer Festival. Pictures: MICK HOWES

Large crowds gathert at the Pakefield Beer Festival. Pictures: MICK HOWES

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Two popular pubs have held their annual beer festivals, with hundreds of people turning out at both events.

Norman Warrior Beer Festival 2015: Shaun Waters and Mike WillgossNorman Warrior Beer Festival 2015: Shaun Waters and Mike Willgoss

The Norman Warrior, in Fir Lane, held the ninth annual Lowestoft beer and cider festival over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

With a barbecue, snack bar, free bouncy castle, live music, a karaoke and more than 50 different ales and ciders, this year’s festival was hailed as “absolutely amazing” by organisers.

Running for four days, live music was performed by Mark Fisher, from Down The Road, One Too Many, Pete Kiwi Keegan and his Skiffle Band and Eaton Rifles.

Funds were also raised over the weekend for Prostate Cancer UK. Shaun Waters, landlord at The Norman Warrior, said it was an “absolutely amazing” Bank Holiday weekend.

Norman Warrior Beer Festival 2015: One Too Many Norman Warrior Beer Festival 2015: One Too Many

He praised the four bands that performed over the weekend and those that supported the festival.

Mr Waters said: “It was great and we had hundreds of people turning out. We always try to be a family-friendly and dog-friendly event and there was a great turnout.” Over the weekend £250 was raised for Prostate Cancer UK. Mr Waters said: “It was a real success. We served people in plastic glasses and for those that wanted a proper glass, they would pay a donation to the charity to use a glass.

“Now the planning starts for next year’s festival, which will be our 10th anniversary.”

The fifth annual Pakefield real ale festival was successfully held once more on the Oddfellows Green on Saturday and Sunday, September 5/6.

Landlord Charlie Atkins and staff at the Pakefielld Beer Festival. Pictures: MICK HOWESLandlord Charlie Atkins and staff at the Pakefielld Beer Festival. Pictures: MICK HOWES

The annual event is held on the first weekend in September on the village green, opposite the Oddfellows pub in Nightingale Road. Running from 11am to 8pm on Saturday and Sunday, this year’s festival proved to be the “biggest and best yet”, according to organisers.

With stalls offering real ales and ciders, food stalls and live music from four bands over the weekend, the event attracted the crowds in great numbers.

Live music over the weekend was provided by four local bands, with King Size Papa’s and The Fortunate Sons entertaining on the Saturday and Time Well Wasted and The Someones on the Sunday – who performed in fine weather.

Charlie Atkins, landlord of the Oddfellows pub, said: “The festival is getting bigger every year. This was our fifth year and was definitely the biggest and best yet. “The bands are all local, and they were well received as there was hundreds of people in attendance.

Music and entertainment at the Pakefield Beer Festival. The Fortunate Sons, who are made up of local musicians and fronted by Mark Beasley, perform. Pictures: MICK HOWESMusic and entertainment at the Pakefield Beer Festival. The Fortunate Sons, who are made up of local musicians and fronted by Mark Beasley, perform. Pictures: MICK HOWES

“As well as the local beers, we also had real ales from all over the country – from Shropshire, Bristol and more – and now we are planning for next year.”

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