HG Wells hosts the apples of Woking’s eye

HUNDREDS took a walk on the scrumpier ‘cider’ life over the weekend.

The HG Wells Centre, suitably transformed into an autumn orchard, was the setting for the first Surrey Cider Festival.

AN APPLE A DAY – Malcolm Kimber, Dr Nevin Stewart,  Nick McDuff and Dick Nevitt sampled the range of wares

AN APPLE A DAY – Malcolm Kimber, Dr Nevin Stewart,
Nick McDuff and Dick Nevitt sampled the range of wares

Cider lovers from across the county and further afield came to pay homage to real cider, perry and sparkling ciders, and also had their thirst for knowledge quenched as they quizzed brewers on their secrets.

Woking Mayor Anne Roberts officially opened the event on Friday which raised money for Woking Hospice.

The Mangledwurzels, a 12- piece ukulele band and festival favourite Stompin’ Dave topped the bill to bring a dash of West Country authenticity to Woking.

Organiser Tom Durrant said: “I think it was a real success – we’ve had some great feedback on Facebook and Twitter from all those who attended the festival.

“Everybody loved the music which gave the whole festival a traditional feel – the crowd was flying.” Dr Nevin Stewart, from Guildford, served up a special treat as he demonstrated live cider production during the two-day event.

Dr Stewart’s no fuss method is so simple in fact that guests left the HG Wells knowing everything they needed to create their own poison was already at home in the kitchen.

Proud Tom went on to explained: “We had a number of ways to raise money for Woking Hospice and the buckets were full by the end of the day. Many people donated their unused tokens which was great.

“Hopefully, the success of this event will keep another festival next year in demand.”

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