‘Weatherproof’ event next month will celebrate local food, drink and music in support of the RMB Chivenor Memorial Garden.

CROYDE will play host to its first ever beer festival – with a strong emphasis on local talent in the booze, food and music.

The event has been organised by serving marines Oliver Mason and William Nutt at RMB Chivenor to support fundraising efforts for the recently built memorial garden.

On August 16 and 16 from midday until midnight, Croyde Village Hall will be awash with more than 30 local ales and ciders, musical performances and fete games.

Organiser Oliver said the free event would be ‘weatherproof’ in the event of rain and the acts would include Repeat Offenders, Novacaine, Sam Mayo and Sam Dowden.

“There are a lot of events for tourists during August but we wanted something for local people celebrating everything North Devon,” said Oliver, a training officer at RMB Chivenor.

“The memorial garden at Chivenor has now been built but there are still a lot of plants, furniture and maintenance to be paid for.

“The event is supporting the memorial garden and we hope we can raise some money to help with this.

“Everything here will be North Devon-based, we’ve even got marines coming from Chivenor to run the games, and we’ll have a marquee in the event of rain.”

The event will also coincide with the launch of a brand new beer – Artists Rifles – from Bideford-based Clearwater Brewery.

To find out more, or to get involved in sponsoring the festival, visit www.facebook.com/croydebeerfestival.