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Sleaford and District Round Table brewed up a fantastic family event at the weekend when they held their fifth Oktoberfest.

The fundraising event saw 2,500 visitors over two days. Neil Freeman from Sleaford Round Table said: “This is the fifth year we have done it. For three years we were at the rugby club and then moved to Boston Road Recreation Ground and that made a big difference. Last year we raised £8,500 and so we set a target of £10,000 this time which we will have easily beaten.”

Sleaford Oktoberfest organised by Sleaford Round Table. Member of Sleaford Ladies Circle, Alex Bennett. EMN-150921-133500001

Sleaford Oktoberfest organised by Sleaford Round Table. Member of Sleaford Ladies Circle, Alex Bennett. EMN-150921-133500001

The Oktoberfest took place on Friday evening and all day Saturday with funfair rides and family entertainment such as a craft tent and dance routines, plus live music in the evenings.

“We just about sold out of beer on Saturday night. Being in town and people not having to drive has made a big difference,” he said.

The main aim was to raise money to install more public defibrillators around the Sleaford area and this should allow their SHOCK Sleaford campaign to buy more than six units, cash left over will go to other local causes.

East Midlands Ambulance Service ran free sessions on Saturday on using the defibrillators which saw about 30 people take part.

A naked truckers calendar organised by Neil Donner of Sleaford and fellow lorry drivers was also launched on the Friday night. They have already sold nearly all 200 calendars from the first print run which will pay for two more defibrillators. It was heralded by local AC/DC tribute band Let There B/DC, who played Highway To Hell.

Mr Freeman thanked everyone who helped put the event together as planning now starts for next year.