Raising a glass or two at the Bierfest

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Real ale enthusiasts marched up to the Army Reserve Drill Hall again for the fifth annual Chorley Astley Rotary Club Oktober Bierfest.

Sponsored by Booths, there were more than 60 real ales, plus lagers and ciders available at the Devonshire Road venue.

Staffing the bottle bar are Mike Morris and Mike Meadley

Staffing the bottle bar are Mike Morris and Mike Meadley

It took place on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

David Holland, chairman of the beer festival committee, said: “It went very well.

“We were a little bit lower on attendance than last year, but we probably had in the region of 1,000 people over the time it was held.”

The money raised for charity hasn’t been counted yet, but last year’s figure came to £10,700.

“It’s definitely going to be a significant contribution,” said David.

Four charities will benefit for the cash: Preston Babybeat; Prostate Cancer UK (Lancashire); Sue Ryder and The Army Benevolent Fund Lancashire.

No date has been set for the 2015 bierfest, but David said: “Hopefully the event will take place on the same weekend at the same venue next year.”

Meanwhile, organisers are calling on a raffle ticket winner to come forward and collect their prize.

The ticket is Blue 440, winning £100.

They can ring David on 07979 908122.