Hundreds of real ale fans toast Padiham Beer Festival

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Hundeds of real ale fans had a barrel of fun at Padiham Town Hall’s first ever beer festival.

Around 800 visitors flocked through the doors at the two-day event held to raise money for the Mayor’s Fund.

Howard Hudson and CAMRA member Frank Cant try out the beers on offer at the Padiham Beer Festival.

Howard Hudson and CAMRA member Frank Cant try out the beers on offer at the Padiham Beer Festival.

Drinkers enjoyed 45 different beer and ciders on the pumps laid on by Ramsbottom’s award-winning Irwell Works Brewery.

Punters enjoyed bands and live music including classics from Padiham duo “Blast from the Past”.

More than £1,000 has been raised so far and organisers said the festival was such a success that it could return as a three-day event in 2015.

Padiham Mayor Coun. Vince Pridden said: “It has been a great success. Everybody who came really enjoyed themselves and had a fantastic night.

“Saturday night was absolutely heaving and people thought it was an excellent idea.”

Mark Briggs, whose Talking Beer column appears in the Burnley Express, said: “It was a superb atmosphere. There were so many great beers on that people had never tried before.

“It was a great first festival and could become a successful annual event.”

 

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