Happy days are beer again as festival returns

Fylde Rugby Club was the new venue for this year's Lytham Beer and Cider Festival.
Festival organisers Russell Cobb (left) and Gary Levin.  PIC BY ROB LOCK
28-10-2016
Fylde Rugby Club was the new venue for this year's Lytham Beer and Cider Festival. Festival organisers Russell Cobb (left) and Gary Levin. PIC BY ROB LOCK 28-10-2016

Hundreds have flocked to the Lytham Beer Festival to enjoy some foaming ale.

This year it was all change, as usual venue Lowther Pavilion was unavailable due to refurbishments.

Fylde Rugby Club was the new venue for this year's Lytham Beer and Cider Festival.
John and Tricia Young.  PIC BY ROB LOCK
28-10-2016

Fylde Rugby Club was the new venue for this year's Lytham Beer and Cider Festival. John and Tricia Young. PIC BY ROB LOCK 28-10-2016

There were even fears earlier this year that the festival might be scuppered.

But it still turned out to be business as usual when an alternative spot, Fylde Rugby Club in Ansdell, was found to host the three-day event.

As well as 80 cask ales plus ciders and perries, and live music on the Friday and Saturday nights, festival goers have the chance to support Lytham RNLI which was selected as the festival charity.

Drinkers were able to sample local ales as well as tipples from throughout the world.

Fylde Rugby Club was the new venue for this year's Lytham Beer and Cider Festival.
Browsing the beer list are L-R: Steve Beaumont, Gary Cordingley and Graham Thompson.  PIC BY ROB LOCK
28-10-2016

Fylde Rugby Club was the new venue for this year's Lytham Beer and Cider Festival. Browsing the beer list are L-R: Steve Beaumont, Gary Cordingley and Graham Thompson. PIC BY ROB LOCK 28-10-2016

Festival Chairman Paul Smith said: “We were able to welcome everyone to the ninth Lytham Festival, the festival that nearly didn’t happen.

“Fortunately, the kind people at Fylde Rugby Club heard of our plight and offered us the use of their splendid building, so we thank them immensely!

“We have tried yet again to get the best selection of cask ales, ciders, perries and world bottle beers that we can get out our hands on.

“There were around 80 casks to choose from, 16 ciders and perries and fridges full of world beers to keep up with the punters’ unquenchable thirst.”

Fylde Rugby Club was the new venue for this year's Lytham Beer and Cider Festival.
Customers ponder their next choice.  PIC BY ROB LOCK
28-10-2016

Fylde Rugby Club was the new venue for this year's Lytham Beer and Cider Festival. Customers ponder their next choice. PIC BY ROB LOCK 28-10-2016

Publicity officer Russell Cobb said: “This year’s we’ve gone more for the established breweries rather than the smaller ones, just as a change, and the beer has been flying out of the barrels.

“We’re really pleased with how things have gone - especially as we came close to not happening at all.”

The festival continues tonight with classic rock outfit Don’t Panic providing the live sounds.

Fylde Rugby Club was the new venue for this year's Lytham Beer and Cider Festival.
A packed rugby club.  PIC BY ROB LOCK
28-10-2016

Fylde Rugby Club was the new venue for this year's Lytham Beer and Cider Festival. A packed rugby club. PIC BY ROB LOCK 28-10-2016