One reason to go to church

The 21st Annual Preston Beer Festival
The 21st Annual Preston Beer Festival

The 21st Annual Preston Beer Festival starts on Thursday.

Running until Sunday, St Walburge’s Church Hall, on Weston Street, will throw open its doors for real ale fans.

Martin Layton said: “The Festival is a an opportunity to spend time in this historical building, drinking a great variety of beers and enjoying great music.

“There is also the opportunity to taste the food from our festival catering team.

“We are raising funds for the ongoing restoration work at St Walburge’s Church site, and to support a multitude of projects which will enhance the use of the Church and Church Hall by the community.

“Built and designed in the mid 19th century by architect Joseph Hansom, St Walburge’s Church has stood through some hard times but the toughest challenge it faces now is staying open.

“Come along and enjoy a beer (or a few) knowing you are helping to maintain a piece of history!”