May Day bank holiday delights

Green Hot Clover who are opening the Whittingham Beer and Sausage Festival.

Green Hot Clover who are opening the Whittingham Beer and Sausage Festival.

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There’s no shortage of things to do this May Day bank holiday weekend

Longridge and North Preston Rotary Club has teamed up again with Whittingham Sports and Social Club to host the annual Beer and Sausage Festival from Friday to Sunday, with five of the north west’s finest bands performing and starting with internationally acclaimed Green Hot Clover, from Manchester on Friday.

Saturday’s bands are The Heat and The Blue Pig Orchestra, from the Fylde and Sunday sees Preston-based RailerMania playing in the afternoon and The Laser Monkeys from Wigan will close the festival.

There will be more than 70 locally crafted beers and ciders, with lager added and the usual large selection of gourmet sausages. Entry remains at £5 - pay on the door - for the entire weekend and proceeds go to local charities.

The five-day action acked Ribble Valley Jazz Festival starts tomorrow with Whalley pianist Jasper Green delivering the opening notes and sharing the stage with his musical champion, world-renowned instrumentalist and television and film composer, Bill Laurance at the Grand, Clitheroe and this year’s festival programme is said to be “phenomenal.”

Hurst Green St John’s Church organ concert ‘Marching from Hurst Green to London’ is on Monday at 11am with guest soloist Philippa Siddell, a guitarist and vocalist from Preston and Longridge Car Boot in on Sunday, also with an outside market and children’s activities.