The street party, which took place in the centenary week of the start of the Great War, was organised to mark the brewery’s undertaking to support and raise funds for Amnesty International and the Royal British Legion over the next five years.
Both charities were represented throughout the day of music, festivities, real ale and remembrance.
Speaking for Amnesty International, Ceri Baldwin said: “We had great day, and people were very generous with their donations. We’ll use the money collected to post letters and cards in support of human rights worldwide. This includes solidarity cards written at the party to prisoners of conscience in Laos.
“We’re really pleased Castle Rock chose Amnesty as one of the charities supported by their Commemorative Collection and we look forward to whatever comes along in the next five years of this project.”
Castle Rock’s outside bar, run by the brewery’s Pete McWilliam, gave the partygoers two special ales, ‘The Great War’ and ‘Tommy Atkins’, the first two of a dozen charity beers to honour the fallen of the First World War. It is expected that 20p from each pint will be donated to the chosen charities.
For eager kids and adults with a strong disposition, there was fun at Creature Caboodle, a pet display specialising in exotic animals. Visitors were able to learn about and hold the creatures, including a Rainbow Boa and a friendly python named Vladimir.
Nottingham’s local art scene was represented with work from Handmade Nottingham and Bird in Borrowed Feathers, where visitors could pick up goodies ranging from comedy badges to ceramic prints. The businesses also donated an array of crafted goodies to the raffle.
Other areas included a writing wall, where messages, poems, letters and memories were written and pinned up. Rob Walpole, a linguistics graduate, will be binding these into a book for Castle Rock’s archives. Alongside this was a learning wall, where visitors could learn about Nottingham during the First World War, as well as figures and stories from across the world.
The day began with what was described as an incredible show from Carlton Brass Band, who played ‘Jerusalem’, Team England’s victory anthem for the Commonwealth Games. ‘Land of Hope and Glory’ got the crowd singing, and the band made their dedication to the centenary with First World War classic ‘Pack up your Troubles’.
Following their set at Splendour Festival a few weeks before, The Raymond and Mr Timpkins Revue comedy act took the crowd by storm, with a show of clever and cheeky slapstick performances.
Alexa Hawksworth, the Nottingham born and bred singer-songwriter, graced the stage with a set of folk, pop and acoustic songs to enchant the crowd. Alexa even managed to drag Castle Rock’s Liv Auckland on stage, where the two friends sang a mash-up of three songs.
Liv, who is the project leader for the Commemoration Collection and related events, said; “I was thrilled with how well the event went. This was the first event on our newly acquired open space beside the brewery and the Vat. There were so many different people, from babies to grandparents, and everyone had a really great day. The atmosphere was just as we’d hoped, friendly, fun and peaceful. Now we have seen the potential with our new grounds, we’ve decided to book in another street party for 2015! This time it will be bigger and better, but for now, we’re over the moon. Our thanks go to everyone one who volunteered, performed, and supported the charities.”