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Appeal after vandalism threatens beer festival

Organisers have vowed that the event will continue, despite thousands of pounds of damage caused.

by Gemma Melling

Vandals who slashed a marquee where this week’s Newton Beer Festival was to be held will not stop the event going ahead, organisers have vowed.

Extensive damage was caused in the early hours of this morning (Thursday, 11 April), just hours before this popular annual event was due to begin.

The large marquee erected at Newton Sports Club, on Crow Lane East, for the beer festival was badly slashed in numerous places leaving organisers, Newton-le-Willows Rotary Club, devastated by the “mindless” act.

But Craig Roberts, president of the Rotary Club, said the event – which raises important funds for local good causes – would go ahead regardless.

And he’s urging people in Newton-le-Willows to show their support by making this year’s Beer Festival the best ever – showing the vandals that their disgusting actions won’t win.

He said: “This is an act of mindless vandalism that only serves to affect the most needy and vulnerable in society.

“Those responsible will not get away with it. Merseyside Police are investigating and we call on anyone with any information to come forward or report it in confidence to Crimestoppers.

“The beer festival will go ahead and we are as determined as ever for it to be a success.”

It is thought the damage may have ocurred at around 1.30am on the morning of Thursday, 11 April 2024. If you have information that could help identify those responsible, please report to Merseyside Police (call 111 or report online), call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or report on their website.

Show your support by going along to the Beer Festival…

… and help make it a great event.

The Newton Beer Festival 2024 runs from today (Thursday, 11 April) until Saturday 13 April at Newton Sports Club, Crow Lane East.

It’s just £5 entrance per person, and you can expect some incredible beers and ciders, as well as live music and hot food.

Full timings are as follows:

Thursday 11 April, 6-11pm
Friday 12 April, 6-11pm
Saturday 13 April, 12-11pm.

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