Thousands flock to 20th Bolton Beer Festival
THOUSANDS of real ale lovers flocked to the Bolton Beer Festival to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the annual event.
The festival, which raises more than £35,000 each year for Bolton Lads and Girls Club (BLGC), returned to Bolton Rugby Club in Avenue Street for a four-day extravaganza.
It drew in about 6,000 people and included more than 200 cask ales from around the UK, lagers from across the world and about 50 traditional ciders. Spirits, wines and soft drinks were also on offer.
The majority of beers from this year’s event were sourced from Scotland with the remaining ales coming from North West breweries.
Donna Frisk, BLGC fundraising manager, said: “The festival went really well. Because it is so well known and is one of the biggest beer festivals of the year people come from all over.
“My team has worked on the beer festival solidly for three months. It’s one of the charity’s many fundraising events.
“The money will be used by BLGC to help us keep the doors open for the youth club. The money raised helps us keep the youth club going and secures jobs.”
The youth club at Spa Road runs seven days a week.
Ron Dickson, from Sale, was one of the real ale fans who travelled to the event. He said: “This year was the second time I had been to the festival. I heard about it because a friend is in the Bolton Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) group.
“I go to a lot of festivals with friends and Bolton’s is right up there because of the range and the quantity of ales.
“I got the tram and then the train to get here. To raise so much money for charity is also good. I didn’t have one ale that I wouldn’t recommend to another. It is a terrific event.”
Perry Sloan, from Darcy Lever, said he has been attending the event for years and especially enjoys the atmosphere and that there is never any trouble.
Each day featured enter-tainment.
The festival was rounded off with an impressive performance from 30-piece band The Managers on Saturday evening.
The event started on Wednesday and finished on Saturday. Sponsors includ-ed Bank Top Brewery, Silk Group, Arena Creative Design, Serious Injury Law Practice and Eventura.
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