Slideshow: The first ever Harpenden Beer Festival

PUBLISHED: 14:35 29 June 2009 | UPDATED: 14:14 06 May 2010

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TORRENTIAL downpours failed to put a dampener on the first ever Harpenden Beer Festival at the weekend. After being blessed with glorious sunshine on Friday and for much of Saturday, the heavens opened on Saturday afternoon, with the rain putting an end t

TORRENTIAL downpours failed to put a dampener on the first ever Harpenden Beer Festival at the weekend.

After being blessed with glorious sunshine on Friday and for much of Saturday, the heavens opened on Saturday afternoon, with the rain putting an end to the outside revelry at Harpenden's Public Halls, forcing the crowds inside where they enjoyed live music from rockers Deaf Shepherd.

The beer festival was organised by CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) with the full support of Harpenden Beer Festival, and offered around 60 real ales, plus assorted special brews, continental beers, cider and perry.

The iconic Bombardier Bus was on hand to provide shelter from both the sun and the rain, with a bar and seating installed inside.

It is hoped the festival will now become an annual tradition, but hopefully without the rain.


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