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Dundee’s biggest beer festival raises money for Broughty Ferry lifeboats

The annual Ron Bonar Beer Festival in the beer garden of the Fishermen's Tavern
The annual Ron Bonar Beer Festival in the beer garden of the Fishermen's Tavern

Dundee’s biggest beer festival is underway and helping to raise money for the Broughty Ferry RNLI.

The annual event is held at The Fisherman’s Tavern in Broughty Ferry and will run all weekend.

Now in its 17th year, the Ron Bonar Beer Festival has raised a cumulative total of £135,000 since its launch, an average of around £8,000 each year.

All the funds raised go towards the local lifeboat crew to help provide new equipment and training.

Billy Brannan, from the station, said summer was often their busiest time of year and the beer festival helped support their crucial work.

“We are excited for the weekend and hopefully people come down to support this local charity and have a good time,” he said.

“This is a big part of our fundraising – it’s our biggest event. It’s all weather dependent on how many people come.

“We’re the busiest station – it’s one call out every three days, although it never works out like that. Usually summer is busier than other times of the year.

“All the money goes to Broughty Ferry lifeboat, and we use it for equipment and training.”

In addition to the fine ales usually served at the Fisherman’s, there will be a selection of over 20 beers from independent breweries.

Ciders from the Errol’s Cairn o’ Mhor winery will also be available, as well as a barbecue with food for all those attending.

To help set the atmosphere, live music will be performed throughout the weekend.

Broughty Ferry RNLI is the busiest station in the Scotland, typically dealing with 100 call outs each year to assist with various incidents in the Tay. The station is 175 years old and operates two lifeboats.

 

The festival was named after Ron Bonar, a former chairman of Broughty Ferry RNLI who passed away in the lead up to the inaugural beer festival 17 years ago.

The festival opens its doors at 12.30pm on Saturday and Sunday and runs until 9pm. Both days have an entry fee of £5.00 payable at the door.

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