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6th Annual Perth Beer Festival pulls pints and record crowds

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

Perthshire Rugby invites people to give the game a try this weekend

Perthshire Rugby is calling on schoolchildren from across the county to “try rugby” on the weekend of the 7th & 8th May at one of the many family activities on offer as part of this year’s Perth Beer Festival.

The club prides itself on promoting rugby in the community, particularly in Perthshire schools and, as a supporter of Try Rugby, offers every boy and girl the chance to play rugby.

The main event on Saturday 7th May will feature an interactive kids’ zone with the opportunity to learn a few rugby moves. The Perthshire Mini Rugby Festival will take place on Sunday 8th May and will involve over 500 mini rugby players (ages P3 to P7) from 10 visiting teams, travelling from around Scotland, from the Borders to Inverness.

Allan Brown, chief executive of Perthshire Rugby, commented:

“Between the Rugby Sevens, the Golden Oldies tournament and the world record attempt, there will be plenty of rugby to enjoy at this year’s Perth Beer Festival and the Mini Rugby Festival is such an important aspect of the weekend, helping introduce the game to young people. Community and team spirit is at the heart of rugby and we’re very grateful to our sponsor of the Mini Rugby Festival, Craigclowan Preparatory School, for their ongoing support.”

Joh Gilmour, Headmaster of Craigclowan Preparatory School commented:

“Craigclowan Preparatory School is delighted to be sponsoring the Perthshire Mini Rugby Festival for the third successive year.  The school provides a warm and nurturing environment for boys and girls aged 3 – 13, is set in stunning grounds with magnificent views over Perthshire and has a distinguished history and a reputation for the highest standards and expectations.

“Every pupil is encouraged to achieve their all-round potential, whether academically, on the sports field.  This personalised approach lies at the heart of a Craigclowan education, along with the recognition that it is equally important that pupils develop essential life skills.

More information about the tournaments and events taking place visit www.perthbeerfestival.co.uk

Will Perth Beer Festival be a record breaker?

The 6th annual Perth Beer Festival, which takes place on May 7th, could end up in the Guinness Book of World Records if organisers get their way.

As well as beer, games and live music, there will be an attempt at breaking the world record for the fastest pass of a rugby ball. The record is currently held by scrum half Joe Simpson of London Wasps, who set the record in 2011 by passing a ball at 48 miles per hour.

Members of Perthshire Rugby, which are organising the Festival, are already practising to try and steal the record from the Wasps. Festival visitors will be encouraged to have a go on the day, at a stall promoting Mindspace, a counselling and support service based in Perth.

Dave Anderson, who will be coordinating the attempt and measuring ball passes with a radar speed gun, said:

“I would love to see one of the Perth Beer Festival visitors beat the London Wasps, and I’m sure we can. And what better event than this to have a go?”

Allan Brown, chief executive of Perthshire Rugby, commented:

“The Perth Beer Festival is all about community building and fun and every year it just gets bigger and better. This year could even be a record-breaking one, who knows?”

Find out more about Perth Beer Festival is at www.perthbeerfestival.co.uk

Perth Beer Festival takes place at Perth’s North Inch on Saturday 7th May.  The event will feature beer pumps, food, wine and refreshments, a kids’ zone, a Rugby Sevens tournament, a Golden Oldies rugby tournament, and live music from soul and funk cover band Big Vern & The Shootahs.

Top soul band Big Vern n the Shootahs makes debut at Perth Beer Festival

One of the UK’s hottest live bands is making its debut at the sixth annual Perth Beer Festival on May 7th, 2016.

Big Vern n the Shootahs, known for their classic soul and funk numbers and a big band sound, have been rocking audiences all over the UK since 1989. The Glasgow-based 9-piece is renowned throughout the live music circuit as the ultimate feel-good party band – perfect for headlining the day of fun, games and beer that’s planned at Perth’s North Inch.

Martin Bell, spokesman for the band, commented:

“We love playing live and we are delighted to get the chance to spread the band’s wings coming to the Perth Beer Festival for the first time.  There really is nothing to compare to a Big Vern n the Shootahs gig. We have the tightest horn players, the best rhythm section, the funkiest guitarist and the best vocals in the business. Perth Beer Festival is an opportunity for a great day out, and we’re just the band to put a smile on people’s faces.”

The beer pumps will be in action from noon on May 7th, pouring out beers from around the country. There will also be a selection of fine wines and a bar, as well as food and refreshments, and a kids’ zone in which pint-sized visitors can run off steam and learn a few rugby moves.

The Festival’s main sponsor is Tan International. Organisers Perthshire Rugby are seeking other sponsors to join them in helping raise money to promote the game of rugby in the community.

Anyone interest in sponsoring the event or in making a donation of goods or services should contact Ros Orr at info@perthbeerfestival.co.uk or visit www.perthbeerfestival.co.uk

Sixth Perth Beer Festival promises to be a barrel of fun

With music, rugby, games and a monumental selection of beer, the sixth annual Perth Beer Festival on May 7th is guaranteed to be another hop-ping event.

Organizers Perthshire Rugby have just one message for attendees: eat, drink, have fun… and support rugby. And they are calling on local businesses to step up with sponsorship to ensure another successful event at Perth’s North Inch.

Tan International has already backed the team with a renewed commitment as the main sponsor of the event, which raises money to promote the game of rugby in the community.

Allan Brown, chief executive of Perthshire Rugby Football Club, commented:

“We’re delighted by how much the Perth Beer Festival has grown and developed since it began in 2011. It’s a real community event and a chance for people of all ages to come together, eat, drink and have fun.

“We are looking for event sponsors, keg donations and local business support to ensure that our sixth festival is as much of a success as previous ones. They can be assured that the money raised goes to a great cause, which is to increase the profile of rugby in our community. In particular, we raise funds for programmes like Try Rugby, which promotes rugby in Perthshire schools.”

The beer pumps will be in action from noon at Perth’s North Inch on May 7th, pouring out beers from around the country. There will also be a selection of fine wines and a bar, as well as food which will be served at the refreshment stall. Topping the live music bill will be popular soul and funk cover band Big Vern & The Shootahs. There will also be a kid’s zone in which pint-sized visitors can run off steam and learn a few rugby moves.

Anyone interest in sponsoring the event or in making a donation of goods or services should contact Ros Orr at info@perthbeerfestival.co.uk or visit www.perthbeerfestival.co.uk