Padiham hopes crowds will flock to first beer festival

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The first Padiham Beer Festival could be the perfect tonic for the town, Padiham’s Mayor believes.

Civic leader Coun. Vince Pridden says hundreds of real ale fans will bring a carnival atmosphere to Padiham during the two-day extravaganza this month. The Mayor believes the celebration of craft beer will be a huge boost to Padiham and show off the town’s renaissance.

He said: “We hope several hundred people will come through the doors both days of the festival. It is another way to help regenerate the town. Visitors will see how much Padiham has changed and all the new shops and businesses that have opened.

“It will be good for the town hall ballroom and great for the town centre as well. It will give the town a lift and bring a carnival atmosphere. Colne is known for its beer festival – it has put it on the map and we would like to emulate that.”

The weekend-long beer festival will see 45 real ales and ciders on hand pumps at the town hall. There will be live music, entertainment and hot food at the event run by Padiham Town Council with Ramsbottom’s award-winning Irwell Works Brewery.

Coun. Pridden said: “It is going to be the first beer festival at Padiham Town Hall and hopefully not the last. All the proceeds will support the Mayor’s Fund which helps groups and charities in Padiham. We hope it is going to be a great event and expect it is going to be very busy. It is a big thing for the town and everyone is really excited.”

Tickets are £2.50 or £2 for CAMRA members at the festival on Friday and Saturday, March 21st and 22nd, noon to midnight.