Drinking the festival dry!

Photo: David Hurst
Volunteer for the 4th year running, Kerry James, checks out the beer at the Annual Cuerden Beer and Cider Festival held in Cuerden Park.
Photo: David Hurst Volunteer for the 4th year running, Kerry James, checks out the beer at the Annual Cuerden Beer and Cider Festival held in Cuerden Park.
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Organisers of the Cuerden Valley Park seventh annual beer festival at the weekend were left high and dry at one point.

A surge of visitors on Saturday emptied the barrels - and lead to a hurried search for more beer.

Lesley Cryer, the park’s events and fundraising manager, said: “On Friday it was quiet because it was a bit rainy and I think people who had intended coming didn’t and came on Saturday instead. We kept it going by getting supplies of cans from Asda and Sainsbury’s. On Sunday morning I organised for some more beer to be delivered and got more beer, cider and wine.”

She added: “We had to turn some people away unfortunately on Saturday. We were at capacity and put messages out on Facebook and Twitter and advised taxi firms to tell people. Sunday was a bit more relaxed and back to a family day with everyone chilling and there was some good music.”

Lesley said the four day festival attracted between 1,500 and 2,000 visitors. “We think it’s our second best festival in takings,” she said.

This year’s event took place in the walled orchard. The bar opened at 1pm each day and closed at midnight on Friday and Saturday.