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Real ale fans are raising their glasses to the return of a popular beer festival to Lytham.

The three-day event at Lowther Pavilion organised by the Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) concludes tonight.

CAMRA's Lytham Beer Festival was back at Lowther Pavilion, with a wide selection of real ales and ciders on tap over the weekend.'A busy main hall for the Friday afternoon session.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'5-9-2014

CAMRA's Lytham Beer Festival was back at Lowther Pavilion, with a wide selection of real ales and ciders on tap over the weekend.'A busy main hall for the Friday afternoon session. PIC BY ROB LOCK'5-9-2014

Branch chairman Paul Smith said: “It’s great to be able to bring back one of Lytham’s most supported events back in such a fantastic venue.”

The festival, which includes a wide range of ciders and bottled beers from around the world as well as some 90 real ales, attracted 1,500 ale enthusiasts when last held in Lytham in 2012.

Many more were turned away when capacity was reached on the busiest nights.

But last year it didn’t take place at Lowther after organisers failed to agree a deal for the use of the venue.

CAMRA's Lytham Beer Festival was back at Lowther Pavilion, with a wide selection of real ales and ciders on tap over the weekend.'CAMRA Regional Director Ray Jackson with two of Poulton brewery Chapel Street Brew House's offerings.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'5-9-2014

CAMRA's Lytham Beer Festival was back at Lowther Pavilion, with a wide selection of real ales and ciders on tap over the weekend.'CAMRA Regional Director Ray Jackson with two of Poulton brewery Chapel Street Brew House's offerings. PIC BY ROB LOCK'5-9-2014

They also said they did not have time to organise the Lytham event as well as a new one at Blackpool FC.

After successful negotiations for a return, however, it’s cheer all the way at Lowther and the event continues until 11pm tonight, with live music from Fleetwood folk/punk crossover band The X-Rays.

Admission is £3, with card-carrying CAMRA members and 
students able to get in for £1.

l See The Lytham St Annes Express next week for more pictures and a review of the event.

CAMRA's Lytham Beer Festival was back at Lowther Pavilion, with a wide selection of real ales and ciders on tap over the weekend.'Bar Manager Russell Cobb checks a pint of Timothy Taylor's Boltmaker, which has recently been crowned the Champion Beer of Britain 2014.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'5-9-2014

CAMRA's Lytham Beer Festival was back at Lowther Pavilion, with a wide selection of real ales and ciders on tap over the weekend.'Bar Manager Russell Cobb checks a pint of Timothy Taylor's Boltmaker, which has recently been crowned the Champion Beer of Britain 2014. PIC BY ROB LOCK'5-9-2014