Bangers, beer and winter cheer

Sausage and Beer Festival at The Sirloin Pub, Station Road, Hoghton.'Pictured are Helen Bolton, Kirsty Metz and Eszter Vlcsko.  (ALL NAMES CORRECT).'1st February 2015

Sausage and Beer Festival at The Sirloin Pub, Station Road, Hoghton.'Pictured are Helen Bolton, Kirsty Metz and Eszter Vlcsko. (ALL NAMES CORRECT).'1st February 2015

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Hundreds of visitors flocked to a village pub for a beer and a banger at the weekend.

The Sirloin, Station Road, Hoghton, was the venue on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, for the pub’s third winter beer festival – called the Sausage and Beer Festival.

Bar manager Ray Shorter said it was a big success.

“We had it inside this year, just because of how bad the weather was and how cold it was going to be,” he said.

“It was a great success. I converted the restaurant into the main tent, as it was, and we had two running bars
upstairs.

“We had nine cask ales upstairs in the restaurant and we had a selection of eight different continental beers on tap and downstairs we had the whole full range of beers.”

He added: “Everyone who came thought it was a fantastic idea because they could get dressed up rather then being out in the cold.”

Ray estimated that around 700 people attended the festival, which will be held again next year, over the weekend.