Preston Temperance movement is to be reborn - at a beer festival.
Over 180 years after Joseph Livesey first asked people to sign a pledge of total abstinence, pub boss Jeremy Rowlands is hoping once more cordials and tonics will appeal to city punters.
His staff at the New Continental in South Meadow Lane, Preston, will be dressing up in period costume and erecting a Victorian-style stall, to serve a selection of non-alcoholic beverages during their eleventh beer festival, starting on September 19.
Mr Rowlands said: “The beer festival has grown to become quite a social event, and this year we’ll have more beers, ciders and wines than we’ve ever had before.
“But we also wanted to do something a bit different this time, and with the Temperance movement beginning in Preston, we thought it would be a good flip side.
“It will be something that children can take part in as well as designated drivers, and people who just want an alternative to alcohol.”
The pub has teamed up with Mr Fitzpatrick’s of Rawtenstall - Britain’s last original Temperance bar - to offer the likes of dandelion and burdock, sarsparilla, rhubarb and rosehip, as well as Vimto.
Pub staff will also be brewing their own drink, Livesey’s Continental Cola, which could be kept on if it proves popular.
Mr Rowlands added: “We’ve been making our own syrup and trying it out for quite some time, tweaking the recipe so that it’s just right.
“I’ve not tried it myself, but I’m told it’s lovely, and if it does well, we might keep it on at the bar afterwards.”
The festival, which runs till Saturday, September 21, will also feature a roster of free live music and culinary treats such as a hog roast.