Beer and Banger plans for South Ribble

Richard Lea (left)
Richard Lea (left)
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South Ribble Rotary Club is hoping to raise thousands for charity with its first Beer and Banger Festival.

The event, which will be held on June 19, 20 and 21 at Walmer Bridge Village Hall, aims to draw ale lovers in from far and wide, and raise up to £20,000 for local good causes.

Richard Lea from the Rotary Club said: “These kind of events have been very successful for other groups. Preston for example did really well, making over £20,000.

“But as well as supporting charities we hope it will be a fun event for the whole community.

“We’re hoping to have a ‘sausage selfie’ competition where people decorate their sausages and take silly snaps with them, we’re going to have a range of bands playing in the hall at night, a bouncy castle for the kids, and maybe even a celebrity opening.”

As well as 40 different real ales from microbreweries across the North West, organisers are hoping to secure German sausages and German beer from the town of Schleswig, Leyland’s twin town.

Soft drinks will be made available free of charge for children and drivers.

Opening times will be 5pm to 11pm on Friday, June 19, from noon to 11pm on Saturday, June 20 and noon till 8pm on Sunday, June 21.

Entrance will be £5 per person. The club is also hoping to attract sponsorship for each beer from local firms.

Charities to benefit from proceeds are Derian House Children’s Hospice, St Catherine’s Hospice, the North West Air Ambulance, and Tender Nursing Care.