STONEHAVEN’S lifeboat crew has been given a £5,000 boost thanks to the town’s real ale festival.
That was the staggering amount raised for the Maritime Rescue Institute by this year’s Stonehaven Real Ale Festival, which was hailed as a sell-out success.
A delighted Ann Laing, general manager of MRI, said: “We are just absolutely thrilled ... for the beer festival to raise this amount of money for our work is really extraordinary.
“That people think of us and want to support us is always just amazing. We can’t thank them enough.
“Like every other charity, we have been facing a tough year, so this is a more than welcome boost.
“It will help us to do our job of running Stonehaven’s lifeboat service and helping people in need at sea.”
Ann received a £5,000 cheque from Robert Lindsay, organiser of the Stonehaven Real Ale Festival.
Robert said: “We can’t give enough thanks to everyone who helped raise this money for this very worthwhile – indeed, essential – cause.
“It couldn’t have been achieved without the support of all our hard-working volunteers, sponsors and, of course, all the people who attended and supported the real ale festival.”
The event, organised by local real ale fans, was held over three days, from November 4 to 6, at Stonehaven Town Hall, boasting a beer from every working brewery in Scotland.
Along with some fine Celtic ales, there were about 70 brews on offer in total.
The festival proved to be so popular that it attracted some 1,800 people and was drunk dry by real ale fans at 9pm on the final day.
Robert, who is also owner of the town’s Marine Hotel, said: “I think it’s fair to say that the real ale festival is now a very popular event in Stonehaven’s calendar.
“We have already started planning next year’s – including booking the Town Hall from November 3 to 5.”