HOT weather brought out more visitors than ever before to take a behind-the-scenes tour around Gran Stead’s Ginger Company at Mile Oak Farm in Portslade.

The tours, held during the farm’s popular bi-annual open day, drew record numbers who were fascinated to see how the award-winning drinks are made.

And sales of the full range of Gran Stead’s non-alcoholic drinks raised a staggering £566 towards the Henfield Scout Centre Building Appeal.

Chris Knox, who owns and runs Gran Stead’s Ginger Company with his wife Rosemary, said: “It was a really hot day but fantastic to see so many people here.

“A big thank you to Dave, Mile Oak farmer for hosting such an amazing event and allowing us to be part of it.

“And we are delighted to be able to give a donation to help the Henfield scout group where our grandson Euan Devlin is a beaver.”

Sales were also boosted by a delicious range of ginger preserves made specifically for Gran Stead’s by Auntie Val’s Ability Centre, including the latest addition to the range – rhubarb and ginger.

Next stop for Gran Stead’s Ginger Company will be the West Dean Gardens Chilli Fiesta on August 10, 11 and 12 where Chris and Rosemary will be spicing things up with its Fiery Ginger drink.

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