The 6th Annual Perth Beer Festival pulled in a record amount of punters last Saturday as fans of beer, rugby and a good day out poured onto Perth’s North Inch.
Around 5000 people turned up during the day to enjoy craft beer, fine wines, live music, kids’ games and rugby in an event that’s becoming one of Perth’s biggest community gatherings. A record 500 people attended the sold-out evening event.
Organisers Perthshire Rugby are already planning next year’s festival, with even more outdoors activities in the offing. The event, a fundraiser for the rugby club, is drawing more and more crowds each year and is a firm date in the diary for anyone who loves family activities, sports and food and drink.
There was also an attempt at breaking the world record for the fastest pass of a rugby ball, held by scrum half Joe Simpson of London Wasps. Although nobody broke Joe’s record of 48 miles per hour, three participants came close, each with passes that reached 40 miles per hour.
One of those three was 15-year-old Perthshire Rugby member Ben Wightman. The Perth Grammar pupil has won athletics awards for shot put, sprinting and penthalon. He said he believed his shot put skills helped with his record rugby pass attempt. “I’ve got what are called fast twitch muscles. It means I can throw out a really good shot,” said Ben.
Ben’s world record attempt was not the only success for Perthshire Rugby. The club won the Legacy 7’s tournament on Saturday, beating former Premier League winners Glasgow Hawks. At Sunday’s Perthshire Mini Festival, which attracted 600 young rugby players from clubs all over Scotland, Perthshire Rugby’s P7s were winners in their age group.
Allan Brown, chief executive of Perthshire Rugby, said:
“It was a busy and beautiful day and a great win all round, for visitors, participants and Perthshire Rugby. We’re proud that the Perth Beer Festival is standing out as a true community gathering and family-friendly event, as well as a celebration of rugby. We would especially like to thank all of our sponsors and volunteers for helping it such an enormous success. We’re already looking forward to next year.”
More information about Perth Beer Festival is at www.perthbeerfestival.co.uk