HUNDREDS of partygoers enjoyed a drink whilst fund-raising at the same time.

This year's Romsey Beer and Cider festival, supported by Hamilton Parkers estate agents, was bigger and better than last year.

Thanks to Round Table, who organised the event, over 350 revellers were able to enjoy a day of beer, the Bierfass Band and the whole spirit of a Bavarian Oktoberfest.

The Oktoberfest-type festival was held at Crosfield Hall, Romsey and local MP Caroline Nokes, and the Romsey Mayor and Mayoress visited in the evening, to show their support for the event in only its second year.

Round Table Chairman Nick Hawkins said: “We are absolutely delighted that the Beer Festival was such a success. Thanks to everyone who came out and supported the event, and the local breweries for supplying such great drinks! We would also like to thank The Three Tuns pub for their help and support, as well as the generous sponsorship of Hamilton Parkers.”

Punters were able to pick from a selection of 25 different beers and ciders in their commemorative pint glasses, thanks to brewers such as Test Brewing, Broken Bridge, Flack Manor Longdog, Red Cat and Vibrant Forest among others.

Prosecco was on hand for those non-beer or cider drinkers, and guests could also enjoy pizza, while the New Forest Yokels and the Bierfass Band took to the stage to entertain them all.

The money raised will be added to the funds collected over the Christmas period by Round Table, from the Santa Sleigh collections and Mummers plays, and will be distributed out to local charities and causes in January.

It has been revealed that plans are underway to host the event again in 2019.