This weekend sees the 28th Lancaster Beer Festival, hosted by Lancaster Round Table 160. It is one of the most anticipated weekends of the year in Lancaster as thousands of people will come through the doors of Lancaster Town Hall over Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings sampling beers, lagers, ciders and prosecco from all over the world. The best thing about it is that all proceeds go to lots of worthy local charities. Over 27 years more than £350,000 has been raised for hundreds of charities.
This year is especially poignant for us as one of the beers on offer has been dedicated to a dear friend of the Round Table, Andy Edwards, who sadly lost his long battle with cancer as St John’s earlier this year. Every penny of profit from Andy’s Ale will come to the hospice. The beer has also been brewed and donated to the festival by Lancaster Brewery. Below is an excerpt from this year’s programme explaining why the hospice was so important to Andy and his family and friends:-
St John’s Hospice was a haven for Andy in his final days. He was a patient there for the last few weeks of his life and the staff that looked after him can only be described sufficiently as angels. They made his last days comfortable and full of life, despite the irony of the situation, and also provided much needed respite for Andy’s wife Georgina and their young children.
The hospice allowed Andy the dignity that any great man deserves, and a place where he knew he was safe and being looked after by professionals with compassion and kind hearts, in a comfortable environment.
The Lancaster Beer Festival takes place at Lancaster Town Hall on Thursday, Friday and Saturday 2nd to 4th March. The doors open at 6pm each evening. Entry is £5 on the door and that includes your festival programme and commemorative glass. There is also live music every evening from great local bands The Truce (Thu), The Groove Cutters (Fri) and Sold To The Sky (Sat).
Remember to raise a glass of Andy’s Ale in memory of Andy Edwards.