Bolton's Beer and Cider week has announced it will be returning this year with lots of optimism and excitement surrounding the event.

The event, which involves pubs from across the community championing local businesses, had to be postponed last year due to coronavirus restrictions.

However, with the roadmap out of lockdown, hopes are high that Bolton CAMRA's Beer and Cider week can go ahead from July 2 to 11 this year.

Keith Sowerby, who is organising the event, said he hopes this event will coincide with "Bolton coming back to life".

"We did our first beer and cider week two years ago which was very popular and lots of people got involved.

"A lot of breweries in Bolton got really involved, all holding their own unique events.

"A lot of places have been on their knees with lockdown so hopefully this week can really champion local businesses.

"We hope to be able to do beer tasting and brewery takeovers at bars plus live music and comedy events.

"Hopefully we can put on a big event this year, highlight our great local pubs and breweries, with Bolton coming back to life out of lockdown.

Daryl Leach, who runs Bunbury's in Chorley Old Road, is going to be serving Belgian beers all week to celebrate.

He said: "This should be a really nice event to get people back involved at pubs.

"We are very much looking forward to being back open fully again and I'm really hoping this event will really help us kick off.

"This will be a great event for getting people out and about again and doing something a little different.

"People have already started asking us about the event and it's always great to work with other local breweries with this."