Remembering the festival days when there were no last orders

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CUMBRIA’S annual beer festivals have been landmarks in the calendars of their respected communities.

Through its history the Ulverston Beer Festival has enjoyed several hugely successful events and has attracted customers from across the county.

In 2005, the festival was held at the Coronation Hall.

The venue enjoyed a special appearance of Abraham Thompson’s Lickerish Stout which was carefully prepared by the chairman of the Ulverston Beer Festival Graham Donning.

The atmosphere of the festival was lively and merry, attracting visitors from the local area and further afield.

In 2010, the Oktober Festival was held in Barrow, and enjoyed a visit from the Town Mayor, Cllr Rory McClure.

The Mayor was shown how to pull the perfect pint at Hawcoat Park Sports and Social Club by Chris Byrom during the festival.

In September 2017, organisers were brimming with pride after another successful year at a packed-out Ulverston Beer Festival.

The celebration onto the Coronation Hall lasted for three days, attracting beer aficionados from far and wide.

From Thursday to Saturday the Beer Festival brought dozens of beers, ciders, and ales to an eager and thirsty public.

Dave Stubbins, chair of the Furness branch of the Campaign for Real Ale, said there were initially worries rail disruption would affect the festival.

He said: “We were worried that the train strike [on Friday 1] would affect people coming, but we had hundreds through the day. But we sold out of beer by 7pm on the Saturday night.”

Dozens of CAMRA volunteers manned the taps over the course of the painstakingly organised event. This year saw a charitable addition to the festival, with CAMRA donating money to local group SAFA – Self Harm Awareness for All. Instead of charging for a beer glass as usual the group asked for a small donation to be made in exchange for a free glass.

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Mr Stubbins said: “It’s a small charity, we know the guys that run it and know how much they need small donations of money, it was why we chose them. We raised £433.”



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