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Beer and music festival boosts profile of rugby club




Rugfest attracted more than 600 people over Saturday and Sunday. Picture: Mecha Morton.
Rugfest attracted more than 600 people over Saturday and Sunday. Picture: Mecha Morton.

More than 600 people descended on a beer and music festival which aims to raise the profile of Haverhill Rugby Club.

The second annual Rugfest, held on Saturday and Sunday at the club in School Lane, boasted 20 real ales and ciders as well as music from 16 bands, marquees and food.

The event launched last year to boost awareness of the club and raise funds for charity.

Mitchell Cleary, club vice-chairman, said: "Haverhill is a bit of a football town really and everything we're trying to do is about affordable rugby for youngsters, so the more youngsters we can get through, the better our senior team gets along the years.

He added:"The event was superb. It's always a family atmosphere at the rugby club and always friendly.

"This year we raised a bit for the Poppy Appeal and last year it was Macmillan.

"It was a bit bigger this year and we're hoping next year will be bigger and better,
too.

"When we did it last year we got a lot more new members to the club."

Mr Cleary organised the event with his wife Pauline, club secretary, player George Self, who was in charge of the bands and performed a set on stage, and junior coach Samantha Pullen.

  • For more pictures, see this week's Haverhill Echo newspaper.


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