Charities say cheers to North-east beer festival

Midsummer Beer Happening in full swing.
Midsummer Beer Happening in full swing.

Three North-east charities will be saying cheers thanks to thousands of ale fans who are set to flock to the Midsummer Beer Happening in Stonehaven.

Stonehaven Sea Cadets, Home-Start Kincardine and the youth development programme of Mackie FP Rugby Football Club will all be given a cash boost by money raised at the three-day celebration of beer, food and music.

This year’s event is being held from Thursday, June 16, to Saturday, June 18, in a purpose-built marquee in the Baird Park.

Robert Lindsay, organiser of the Midsummer Beer Happening, said: “We are a not-for-profit event and firmly believe that the money we raise here in Stonehaven should stay here in Stonehaven to benefit local good causes.

“The three charities we are supporting this year all do so much work to support young people and families in the town, and further afield, and they deserve all the help they can get.

“So the thousands of people coming to the Happening at midsummer will not only have a good time, but know they will be doing good for others while they are enjoying themselves.”

All thee worthy causes are delighted at the support from the Happening - and will also be doing their bit by providing volunteers to man the pumps during the event, which boasts around 140 of the finest beers from the UK and Europe.

Cate Garrow, senior co-ordinator with Home-Start Kincardine, said: “The support of the festival – and all the people enjoying it – will be a massive boost for our work.

“We are a local charity which supports young families in the Kincardine and Mearns with at least one child under five years old. We are there for families when they need us – and the backing of the Midsummer Beer Happening will help us be there.”

Stonehaven Sea Cadets are currently fundraising for a new headquarters being built at the town’s harbour. Funds raised by the Happening will be a major boost towards the £150,000 still to find for the ambitious project, said the unit’s sailing principal, Drew Lawson.

“This new base will help us continue and grow our work with young people in the town, helping them build skills and experience that will stand them in good stead for all aspects of their life today and into the future,” said Drew.

“We know from past experience how much fun the Happening is … and how much it can raise for causes like ours.”

Meanwhile Richard Cochrane mini/youth coordinator of Mackie FP RFC, said: “Rugby is a fantastic outlet for kids, keeping them fit and active and building a sense of discipline and teamwork through our youth development programme.”

”The rugby club is very much a part of the Stonehaven community and it’s great to see that community supporting these kids.”

The Happening organisers hope to see more than 4,500 people at the event, which is a mix of great beer, fantastic food and the best of local musical talent.

Robert, who also owns the Six Degrees North brewery and the town’s Marine Hotel, said: “Our first Happening last year came after five extremely successful beer festivals in the Town Hall.

“The event is staged entirely by volunteers and we have always had fantastic support from people right across the North-east. It’s good to know we can share that support with such great charities.”

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