Local business people revive the Blackburn Beer Festival

John Dickinson, chairman of Blackburn Rugby Club; Julia Wright of Blackburn Youth Zone and David Gorton of accountancy firm PM+M celebrate the launch of the festival
John Dickinson, chairman of Blackburn Rugby Club; Julia Wright of Blackburn Youth Zone and David Gorton of accountancy firm PM+M celebrate the launch of the festival
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After a break of several years, Blackburn will host a real ale festival this May at Blackburn Rugby Club. The festival is being organised by a committee of local business people who, after a trip to a similar festival in Bolton, felt a Blackburn beer festival was long overdue. Thwaites is part of the organising team and is using their extensive brewing contacts to help bring an eclectic selection of ales from across the North West and beyond. The festival will take place on the first bank holiday in May, from Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th.

One of the festival organisers is Ian Liddle of Farleys Solicitors, who explained why he wanted to get involved. “Farleys wanted to help bring a festival to Blackburn as it was a real shame that there wasn’t already something like this in our town, especially after seeing how successful festivals are in other places. And we’ve chosen the youth charity Blackburn Youth Zone to benefit from all proceeds so it’s definitely a worthwhile venture.”

David Gorton from accountancy firm PM+M explained how the festival is organised: “We are asking local companies to sponsor all parts of the festival, from the barrels of beer to the pint glasses, so all the money we take on the door and in beer sales goes straight to the Youth Zone.”

Farleys and PM+M are the main festival sponsors alongside manufacturing firm, Cardboard Box Company.

Paul Westhead, president of Blackburn Rugby Union Football Club, said: “We expect around 1,500 people will visit the festival over the three days. They can expect up to 60 real ales, plus a range of lagers and ciders, and live music will add to the atmosphere. It’s shaping up to be a fantastic weekend”