Biggest ever real ale festival planned

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PLANS for the Welland Valley Beer Festival are well advanced and organisers are hoping to make this year’s event better than ever.

This is the tenth anniversary of the popular event and Northamptonshire CAMRA member and organiser David Fursdon said that members are pulling out all the stops to ensure the festival is a hit.

They have already gained the support of a record 15 pubs in villages across the rural area and several are taking part for the first time. Others have rejoined the festival after a break.

Those taking part include The George, Ashley, Fox Inn, Wilbarston, Talbot Inn, Gretton, White Horse, Stole Albany and the Shoulder of Mutton, Great Bowden.

The popular vintage bus service will again be running during the weekend which takes place from June 15 to June 17.

It is hoped that there will be more than 250 real ales and ciders for enthusiasts to sample.

The event traditionally attracts thousands of drinkers to the area, giving the rural economy a huge boost.

Food is on offer throughout the event and there will be live music in many of the pubs taking part in the festival.