Raise a pint glass at the Clitheroe Beer Festival

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Clitheroe’s annual real ale festival takes place this weekend, kicking off on Friday (May 13th) and Saturday to celebrate all things ale.

This year the event has a new venue, St Michael & St John’s Parish Centre, also known as the Catholic Club.

The festival will feature over 50 real ales, as well as a range of ciders and perries. There will also be bottled beer from Europe and beyond. This year’s theme is “Pals battalions” and showcases breweries from towns and cities that raised local units that went on to fight their first battle on the Somme. There will also be several beers brewed in East Lancashire and some newcomers as well.

All CAMRA festivals try and promote traditional British beer but they are also an important campaigning tool to recruit new members. Anyone who wishes to join at the festival will get their entrance fee refunded and a free pint!

The festival has attracted three major sponsors, Community Rail Lancashire and Forbes Solicitors and Bowland Brewery.

Live music is available on both nights. Starfish are featured on Friday - two blokes playing songs from Cockney Rebel to Joni Mitchell, The Beatles to Travis. Saturday has Matt Frayne playing an acoustic early evening session, followed by the Ranting Lads, an Irish/folk rock group.

The Clitheroe Beer Festival begins at noon on both days, the entry is £3 and free to CAMRA members. Food is available at all times. Colonel Myszka Guzkowska, from the Army Reserves, will officially open the festival at around 1.30pm tomorrow. The Mayors of Ribble Valley and Clitheroe Councils will also be in attendance, as will a representative from Help for Heroes, the festival charity. For further information visit the CAMRA website at: www.eastlancscamra.org.uk or visit us on Facebook Clitheroe Beer Festival.