Magna-tism of real ale pulls in crowds

THOUSANDS of beer fans poured into the Magna Centre at the weekend to celebrate the annual Rotherham Real Ale and Music Festival.

Visitors turned up in their droves to sample more than 200 cask ales, 60 lagers, 30 ciders and a selection of wines.

This year’s event went under the theme of the White Rose Festival, which meant an extensive range of beers were on sale that had been brewed in counties with a white rose in their crest.

Those who attended were also treated to a diverse range of live music, including tribute band U2-2, rockers Straight Razor Angels and folk group Treebeard.

This was the first time the festival has been held at the Magna Centre, after 19 years at Oakwood Comprehensive School.

Organiser Steve Burns said: “All in all, we had over 10,000 visitors come which was absolutely fantastic, people said how great the new venue was.”

Festival profits will go to Rotherham Hospice, Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, Weston Park Hospital and the Safe@Last charity.