A NORTHUMBERLAND beer festival has raised over £70,000 for local charities.

Organisers of the Tynedale Beer Festival are thanking customers for their help in raising £75,000, which will be split between Cygnus Support, the Great North Air Ambulance, Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team and Northumbria Blood Bikes.

The three-day event was held at Tynedale Rugby Club Tynedale Park, Corbridge, on June 15- 18 and was hailed a success by all.

In a blog post on Tynedale RFC website, Ian Cave, the Chairman of the Beer Festival Organising Committee said: "We were blessed with good weather for the 2023 Tynedale Beer & Cider Festival, which helped to make it one of our most profitable festivals.

"This year we will be able to distribute £75,000 to the nominated charities and Tynedale Rugby Football Club.

"Since our first festival in 2002, we have raised over £1,000,000, which has helped a wide range of charities and good causes in the North East.

"We wouldn't be able to do this without all the help from our visitors, sponsors, and volunteers, who make the festival a fantastic annual event in the Tyne Valley.

"In September we start planning for the 2024 festival, and we hope that you will be able to support us again".