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Charity beer festival set to go with a bang!

A popular beer festival will return for its fourth year this June raising funds for St Catherine’s and other local charities.

The Walmer Bridge Beer and Banger Festival Ltd organise the event each year for the Rotary Club of South Ribble. This year it takes place over three days on June 15th, 16th and 17th, featuring more than 40 real ales and live music from a variety of singers and bands.

The Sunday – which is Father’s Day – will also include a host of fun attractions for the whole family, including inflatables and face-painting.

Money raised at the event, which takes place at Walmer Bridge Village Hall, will be split between St Catherine’s, Derian House Children’s Hospice, Rosemere Cancer Foundation and other local Rotary good causes.

Humphrey Johnson, festival director, said: “This year will be the fourth year we have organised the Beer and Banger Festival and we are very pleased that it has grown in quite big steps. We’re hoping this year will be even bigger and better than ever!

“There’ll be international beers and real ales, some which are really quite specialist. It’s not often that you get the chance to compare a number of different types like this all in the one place – it’s a great selection which we hope appeals to lots of different tastes.”

Alongside the food and drink, the festival is also set to welcome a host of talented performers.

Humphrey added: “There’s everyone from the Red Rosettes – a Leyland-based 30 –strong female close harmony group – to solo artists. So again, we hope there’s something for everyone – including the youngsters on the Sunday. It is important to us that we do something for the whole family to celebrate Father’s Day.”

Humphrey, who has had personal experience of the care of both St Catherine’s and Derian House, said he was delighted to be involved with an event raising funds for such important local charities.

“They are all extremely worthwhile causes in the local community,” he said.

“I feel very strongly that we need to do all that we can to support these organisations which are doing such vital work.”

The festival takes place between 4pm and 11pm on the Friday; 1pm and 11pm on the Saturday and 1pm and 8pm on the Sunday. Entry is £5 and includes a commemorative glass and programme. For more information click here.