Cheers to Axminster festival - and the next!

PUBLISHED: 11:30 13 July 2016 | UPDATED: 09:22 22 July 2016

Shakedown Ridge performed at the Axminster Beer, Music and Cider Festival.

Shakedown Ridge performed at the Axminster Beer, Music and Cider Festival.

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Residents turned out en masse to the event, in aid of the town’s tourist information centre (TIC)

A mix of music, tasty pies and refreshing ciders got The Annual Axminster Beer, Music and Cider Festival off to a good start.

Residents turned out en masse to the event, in aid of the town’s tourist information centre (TIC).

Lyme Regis duo Cosmic Cafe Lite opened the festival with a mix of melodies, followed by Paul Toop, Trinity Hill’s The God Brothers and Velvet Touch.

Getting audiences revved up for the evening, Axminster band Shakedown Ridge took to the stage, followed by Bullet and 4 King Dwarphs, both from Devon.

The food court also proved very popular, having everything from tasty pies and cheese straws from Mulberry Manor to Rebel Town pizzas and locally-sourced meat burgers and steak sandwiches by Carnivorous Rex.

Festivalgoers were spoilt for choice for drinks to wash down their food, with a selection of ciders and beers on offer.

Among the favourites were Branscombe Vale Brewery’s Festive Frolics, Hells Bells, Summa This and Summa That.

Honiton’s Norcotts Cider also had a stall, along with Emma Stapleforth’s Rumpy Pumpy Scrumpy and Somerset-based Tricky Cider.

Organiser Shane Morgan said: “We had a full house in the evening and the dance floor was packed.”

Mr Morgan thanked a number of people for making the event possible, including DL and LF Burrough, M J Beviss Electrical Engineers, Jill Ruddick and Anne Seward, the TIC staff, committee and volunteers, Duncan Colvin the Keg Meister, Chris Painton and the Axminster Rotarians, Maria D’Oliveira for running their social media, the first aiders and all the friends and relatives who put in time on the door to help.

Next year’s event has been set for June 24.


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