Hundreds of beer and cider lovers attended a festival in Rishton – with organisers now aiming to hold another event this year.
The ‘Close Encounters’ event was held at Rishton Conservative Club over three days and attended by around 700 people.
Dave Lees, secretary of the club, said they now hope to capitalise on the festival’s popularity by holding another event later this year.
He said: “It went really well and we are very pleased. Last year was very busy but this year we were even busier and it is something that is starting to pick up a bit of pace.
“It has spurred me on to do another one next year and we are also considering doing another one maybe in September.
“It was so popular that people were coming up to me asking me to do another one. We can easily do it but we wouldn’t want to do more than two a year but we will certainly give it a try."
The opening night also saw the Cliff Street club named by the local Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) group as Hyndburn ‘Club of the Year’.
Dave added: “Everybody was really pleased with the CAMRA award. We don’t chase accolades but it’s nice to get the recognition and the committee and members are very appreciative.”
Entertainment was provided by musical groups The Ginjammers and the ‘Over Aged White Band’ and helped raise around £500 for Guide Dogs UK.
A sponsored 70-mile bike ride for Brain Tumour Research also finished at the club after starting at Liverpool earlier in the day.
It was organised by Paul Bradley and Tommy Burrows after their friend and former pub landlord Ian Walsh was diagnosed with terminal cancer earlier this year.
Paul, from Rishton, said 11 people started the journey with four completing it. He said: “A few of us had mechanical issues, one person had a ripped hamstring and three managed to get to 40 miles having never really cycled like that before so it was a great effort. Everyone did really well. It was also really nice to see Ian and his family out all day supporting us.
“We all got back to the club and had a tombola and auction and raised about £2,800. With the sponsorship money to add to that we are hoping to have raised between £4,000 and £5,000.”
They will hold a presentation night on Saturday, July 18 at the Conservative Club where the money will be handed over to Brain Tumour research.