CRAFT drinks served along with live music attracted hundreds of people from across the region to a Dales village.

The Weardale Beer, Cider and Gin festival at Eastgate Village Hall was held on July 20 and 21 and featured 12 beers, six ciders, gin and performances by three bands.

Chartered surveyor Vickers and Barrass sponsored a barrel for the first day of the festival, raising more than £2,000 for the Weardale Community Hospital, Great North Air Ambulance Service and County Durham Community of RABI which provides support for local farming families.

Vickers and Barrass are a firm of rural chartered surveyors and estate agents established back in 1973 offering a professional land agency and surveying service throughout the North East mainly to farmers

Charlotte Burnett, who arranged the sponsorship said it was a delight to help support a range of very important local charities.

She said: “As a well-established local business, it’s important that we support initiatives like the beer festival, which is an annual feature of the community, and raise money for these worthy causes.

“We had a fantastic response to our sponsorship. On behalf of all at Vickers and Barrass, I would like to thank everyone who kindly bought a pint from our barrel and contributed to charity.”