Saints offer to hold axed beer festival

Franklins Gardens
Franklins Gardens

Northampton Saints are looking at the possibility of staging the county’s biggest beer festival at the rugby club.

The Chron reported last week that the Northamptonshire Beer Festival, normally held at Delapre Abbey in May, had been cancelled.

Organiser Phil Greenway cited a lack of CAMRA volunteers willing to help put the event on, and fears over insurance claims, as the reasons for the cancellation.

Northampton Borough Council pledged to work with CAMRA to keep the festival running.

Now Saints bosses are looking at the possibility of holding the event at Franklin’s Gardens.

Saints spokesman, Chris Wearmouth, said: “We’re going to be getting in touch with the borough council and CAMRA to offer Franklin’s Gardens as a venue for the beer festival. We are looking to hold it in early August.

“In the meantime, we will run a mini beer festival as a trial on March 8, when we host the England under-20s in the Six Nations against Italy.

“We have not done a beer festival for a number of years and it is a great way of supporting local businesses.

“We are more than happy to step in and offer our services.”

Borough council leader, Councillor David Mackintosh (Con, Rectory Farm), said: “We’ve spoken to the organisers again this week and are still looking at the options.

“We remain committed to trying to put it on as it is an important part of the calendar. We hope to be able to announce some news soon.”

The decision to cancel the festival was met with an outpouring of disappointment and anger when the Chron broke the story online on January 26.