Revellers will raise a glass to Staindrop's revamped hall
ONE of the dale’s largest beer and music festivals planned for later this month will mark the first major event at a £500,000 refurbished hall.
Scarth Memorial Hall will play host to the fifth annual Staindrop Beer and Music Festival over three days from Friday, September 23, to Sunday, September 25.
Keys to the refurbished hall were only handed over by contractors last week and event organiser Morris Race is looking forward to “playing with the new sound and lights system” and tweaking them for the festival.
He added that seven bands and solo artists including The Fabs, Corner Boys, Los Capitanes, Sister Act and Kev Pattison would be performing at the event.
Last year the heavily sponsored festival raised almost £4,000 for the Scarth Hall, which was awarded £500,000 Lottery cash for a complete refurbishment, including new disabled access, a new kitchen, new toilets and a revamped stage.
The hall is renowned for hosting music events and its monthly open mic night attracts as many as ten acts. The annual music festival is usually held over the August bank holiday weekend but had to be postponed until the contractors finished their work.
This year’s festival boasts 15 real ales and three ciders for revellers to choose from.
Food will also be on offer.
The event starts at 7pm on the Friday night and runs from noon until late on the Saturday and Sunday.
The festival will be the first glimpse many people will get of the refurbished hall as the official opening only takes place a week later.
New events and PR manager for the hall Teresa Driscoll said: “A lot of people will be coming just to see the hall.”