Club goes ale out at festival to raise cash

ASHINGTON Cricket Club is set to hold its first-ever real ale and cider festival.

The event, taking place at the club’s Langwell Crescent ground, will showcase around 30 beers and ten ciders from all over the country.

The weekend-long festival is being timed to coincide with next month’s Ashington Town Council-organised gala day.

The event is being held to raise funds to help the club cover its running costs.

Cricket club first XI captain Michael Thewlis said: “The club has produced some of the region’s finest cricketers in the past ten years, and we currently have three of our former juniors – England star Stephen Harmison, pictured, his brother Ben and Mark Wood – playing for Durham.

“We also have players in current junior and senior Northumberland sides and have, as a club, always produced great cricketers.

“However, the club is run entirely by volunteers, and the costs of running a cricket club are astronomical, so we need to continually raise funds to ensure we continue to produce tomorrow’s cricketers, like we have done for the previous 119 years.”

The festival will take place from Friday, July 15, to Sunday, July 17.

As well as the beer bash, the club has events including a twenty/20 match, junior cricket festival, live music and other entertainment lined up for the weekend.

Michael added: “We are hoping that former players and officials come to the Friday night of the festival to catch some cricket and see the club’s current crop of players and also to meet some of their former team-mates, umpires and club officials.”

For further details, call Michael on 0790 095 4129 or visit www.pitchero.com/clubs/ashingtoncricketclub