Hundreds of visitors expected at Blackburn's first beer festival

Blackburn Citizen: Julia Wright, head of business development, Blackburn Youth Zone Julia Wright, head of business development, Blackburn Youth Zone

A REAL ale festival in aid of Blackburn’s £6million Youth Zone is coming to town, it was announced.

The Blackburn Beer Festival will be held in May, and will see a selection of ales from across the north west and beyond enjoyed by hundreds of visitors – with all the proceeds going to the Youth Zone, Jubilee Street.

The festival has been organised by a committee of local people, who wanted to bring a festival to Blackburn after visiting one in Bolton.

Partner at Farleys Solicitors, Ian Liddle, is one of the organisers.

He said: “Farleys wanted to help bring a festival to Blackburn as it was a real shame there wasn’t already something like this in our town, especially after seeing how successful festivals are in other towns.

“And we’ve chosen the youth charity Blackburn Youth Zone to benefit from all the proceeds, so it’s definitely a worthwhile venture.”

Thwaites used its extensive brewing contacts to arrange the eclectic collection of ales, and Farleys and PM&M Accountants, in Challenge Way, Blackburn, are the main festival sponsors, alongside manufacturing firm Cardboard Box Company.

David Gorton, from PM&M, said: “We are asking local companies to sponsor all parts of the festival, from the barrels of beer to the pint glasses, so all the money we take on the door and in beer sales goes straight to the Youth Zone.”

And president of Blackburn Rugby Union Football Club, Paul Westhead, said: “We expect around 1,500 people will visit over three days, where they can expect up to 60 real ales, plus a range of lagers and ciders, and live music will add to the atmosphere.”

The festival will take place over first bank holiday in May from Friday 2 to Sunday 4, at Blackburn Rugby Union Football Club, in Ramsgreave Drive.

To sponsor a barrel or to find out about sponsorship opportunities email events@blackburnyz.org or call 01254 292000.

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1:24pm Wed 26 Feb 14

mmickk says...

And where is it held Blackburn rugby club?
And where is it held Blackburn rugby club? mmickk
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1:37pm Wed 26 Feb 14

caballo says...

Yes, though from reading the article you'd never know.
Yes, though from reading the article you'd never know. caballo
  • Score: 2

1:47pm Wed 26 Feb 14

burner says...

Do you think promoting alcohol consumption is beneficial to Blackburn's youth population ? I always figured it contributed to the majority of its problems.
Do you think promoting alcohol consumption is beneficial to Blackburn's youth population ? I always figured it contributed to the majority of its problems. burner
  • Score: 13

2:00pm Wed 26 Feb 14

campbell69s says...

A beer festival for the Youth Zone. Good idea...
A beer festival for the Youth Zone. Good idea... campbell69s
  • Score: 14

3:37pm Wed 26 Feb 14

jimjoiner says...

And the alcohol addiction & health problems in the region continue !
And the alcohol addiction & health problems in the region continue ! jimjoiner
  • Score: 4

4:24pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Viv says...

Its certainly NOT the first Beer Festival in Blackburn - I can remember visiting festivals in King Georges Hall more than once in the past. It might be a first for Blackburn Rugby Club but not for the town.
Its certainly NOT the first Beer Festival in Blackburn - I can remember visiting festivals in King Georges Hall more than once in the past. It might be a first for Blackburn Rugby Club but not for the town. Viv
  • Score: 14

4:44pm Wed 26 Feb 14

denidenideni says...

Its more like Mellor beer festival
Think of the taxi fares home, they will rocket, just like new years eve prices
Its more like Mellor beer festival Think of the taxi fares home, they will rocket, just like new years eve prices denidenideni
  • Score: 3

6:02pm Wed 26 Feb 14

happycyclist says...

Viv wrote:
Its certainly NOT the first Beer Festival in Blackburn - I can remember visiting festivals in King Georges Hall more than once in the past. It might be a first for Blackburn Rugby Club but not for the town.
I went to one of the beer festivals at KGH in what? The late 70s/early 80s? But was it KGH? I have a vague memory of it being in neither the KGH nor the Windsor, but a third, smaller hall -or is my memory just shot?
[quote][p][bold]Viv[/bold] wrote: Its certainly NOT the first Beer Festival in Blackburn - I can remember visiting festivals in King Georges Hall more than once in the past. It might be a first for Blackburn Rugby Club but not for the town.[/p][/quote]I went to one of the beer festivals at KGH in what? The late 70s/early 80s? But was it KGH? I have a vague memory of it being in neither the KGH nor the Windsor, but a third, smaller hall -or is my memory just shot? happycyclist
  • Score: 3

6:29pm Wed 26 Feb 14

woolywords says...

Viv wrote:
Its certainly NOT the first Beer Festival in Blackburn - I can remember visiting festivals in King Georges Hall more than once in the past. It might be a first for Blackburn Rugby Club but not for the town.
Agree...been to a few of them myself.

However, I can see why they would want to hold this event out of town...
Keeps the riff-raff out, for starters. Don't want the cows, stood in a slurry of their own making, looking at their feet and sniffing, as a coach full of the great unwashed goes past, do we?
Gives the village bobby a chance to catch a few more drink-drivers,
and ensures that small amount of beers supplied, has a fair to middling chance of lasting the entire time of the event. Been to more than a few of these things and frankly, when the beers run out, things have a tendency to ugly, pretty fast. Have still got the scar over my eye, from an home-made vol-au-vent, when I saved the Club Steward from having a spile driven up his backside, when the Hedgerow Headbanger (8.0%ABV) ran out!
[quote][p][bold]Viv[/bold] wrote: Its certainly NOT the first Beer Festival in Blackburn - I can remember visiting festivals in King Georges Hall more than once in the past. It might be a first for Blackburn Rugby Club but not for the town.[/p][/quote]Agree...been to a few of them myself. However, I can see why they would want to hold this event out of town... Keeps the riff-raff out, for starters. Don't want the cows, stood in a slurry of their own making, looking at their feet and sniffing, as a coach full of the great unwashed goes past, do we? Gives the village bobby a chance to catch a few more drink-drivers, and ensures that small amount of beers supplied, has a fair to middling chance of lasting the entire time of the event. Been to more than a few of these things and frankly, when the beers run out, things have a tendency to ugly, pretty fast. Have still got the scar over my eye, from an home-made vol-au-vent, when I saved the Club Steward from having a spile driven up his backside, when the Hedgerow Headbanger (8.0%ABV) ran out! woolywords
  • Score: 5

8:41pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Jarisleif5 says...

I went to a beer festival at KGH in 91 or so. Nothing new. But yeah, promoting beer for the youngsters is a great idea, isn't it. Start them young.
I went to a beer festival at KGH in 91 or so. Nothing new. But yeah, promoting beer for the youngsters is a great idea, isn't it. Start them young. Jarisleif5
  • Score: 1

10:09pm Wed 26 Feb 14

SandyPandy66 says...

Viv wrote:
Its certainly NOT the first Beer Festival in Blackburn - I can remember visiting festivals in King Georges Hall more than once in the past. It might be a first for Blackburn Rugby Club but not for the town.
I agree - CAMRA used to hold a beer festival in King Georges Hall over 10 years ago - unfortunately KGH charge too much for the hall so it ceased.
[quote][p][bold]Viv[/bold] wrote: Its certainly NOT the first Beer Festival in Blackburn - I can remember visiting festivals in King Georges Hall more than once in the past. It might be a first for Blackburn Rugby Club but not for the town.[/p][/quote]I agree - CAMRA used to hold a beer festival in King Georges Hall over 10 years ago - unfortunately KGH charge too much for the hall so it ceased. SandyPandy66
  • Score: 1

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