Emma Boer who manned the gin and prosecco bar, and Larry Russen raise their glasses. Picture: Ian Burt

Glasses were raised as a popular King’s Lynn beer festival made a welcome return. 

After an absence of two years due to the  pandemic, the Stuart House Beer Festival attracted visitors over three days from last Thursday to Saturday.

The festival has been running for 25 years and has raised tens of thousands of pounds for charity during this time.

Money raised from this year’s festival will go to West Norfolk Autism Group which provides support to individuals of all ages with autism and their families and carers, and campaigns for better local services for those living with autism.

The group supports more than 350 families across a wide area – from Hunstanton to Downham Market and Swaffham to Wisbech.

The beer festival is organised in conjunction with Lynn’s Vancouver 1114 Round Table and this year’s event marked the last for Stuart House Hotel owner Dave Armes who is moving on.

However, Larry Russen, Round Table honorary president, said the event will continue as the new owner of the premises has pledged commitment to the festival.

“The new owner of the Stuart House Hotel attended the festival and we will have a beer festival again next year,” said Mr Russen.

He added all the beer and cider sold out and the prosecco and gin bar also proved popular.

“We sold out of absolutely every last drop of beer and cider. We will do it again next year but with more beer,” said Mr Russen.

The final amount raised for the charity was this week still being totted up.