There were cheers all round as the £6000 raised for good causes by this year’s Bo’ness beer festival took the total sum gathered by the event since its inception to an impressive £21,000.
The cash raised by BRAAS (the Bo’ness Real Ale Appreciation Society) comes from local businesses, who sponsor a special keg or barrel of beer throughout the festival and pay for the privilege. After costs, the remaining money is given out by BRAAS to various groups and organisations.
BRAAS chairman Rob Willox said: ‘‘Since we started in 2001, the sum total raised has been just over £21,000. The main reason it is such a succcess is that the community gets something back.’’ Beneficiaries from this year’s festival include local youth groups, including the Scouts, the Boys’ Brigade and the Guides.
Each festival has a theme marking an occasion or event that has impacted on Bo’ness. This year’s theme was the closure of the Kinneil pit in 1983.
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