New beer, cider and music festival heads to Sunderland as Ryhope Cricket Club hold fundraiser


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Ryhope CC, based on Ryhope Street South, will host the event on the weekend of July 2-3 with 19 beers and six ciders to try. For those who don’t like real ale and cider, there’s a gin and Prosecco bar, along with the usual lagers in the clubhouse.

More than half of the beers are supplied by local breweries such as Maxim, Darwin, Vaux and Wylam.

Doors open at noon on Saturday and Sunday, July 2 and 3. On Saturdays from 3pm there will be live bands including: Days of Speed, The Ska Souls and Big Sigh and the Yawns. Sunday bands include Slingshot.

Ryhope CC is preparing its beer and music festival. Officials, left to right, Harry Barnes, Sid Lawrence, Steve Johnson and Secretary Alan Mason.

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Participants must be at least 12 years old. Soft drinks are available, as is food, including burgers, curries, and chili. There will also be security close at hand.

The money raised will go directly to the club to help cover costs which run into the thousands: insurance, ground rent to the board, equipment, kits, referees and officials.

The club, run entirely by volunteers, also needs to improve changing rooms and erect safer fencing.

Ryhope CC Secretary Alan Mason said: “We are a grassroots club, we play in the Durham & North East Cricket League, Hetton Lyons Sunday League and Durham Cricket Board Junior League.

“We run four senior teams, four children’s teams and we also run women’s softball and cricket; Durham Allstars for four to nine year olds. We are mainly self-funded.

“Although we have a clubhouse in the ground, it is not ours. So all the funds we collect ourselves. We have good sponsors, but it’s getting harder and harder.

“This year, as a fundraiser, we decided to dip our toes in the water and see if we can organize a beer festival, to raise funds all at once rather than trying to rely on 10 or 15 different little things.

“So we organize the festival of beer, cider and music. People will have a good time. »

Admission for each day is £10, or a weekend pass is £15. Tickets are available at the clubhouse. It may be possible to pay locally, depending on availability. Call 0191 523 8105.

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