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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