Actor Ricky Tomlinson was in Clitheroe today (Friday) to officially open the town’s annual real ale festival.
Welcomed by Clitheroe’s newly elected Town Mayor Coun. Kevin Horkin, he held a reception in the Mayor’s Parlour on Church Street, prior to the launch of the festival which is now in its eighth year.
Ricky told the Clitheroe Advertiser that this was his first visit to the town which he said to have found “lovely” and “very picturesque”.
“It’s nice to see a festival like this going ahead,” Ricky added. “It’s an occasion for all the locals to get together.”
Ricky was joined by former Coronation Street actress Vicky Entwistle and actor Tony Barton, who starred alongside Michael Angelis in what became the longest running bitter advertisements in the country for Stones Bitter.
The three TV personalities then made their way over to the St Mary’s Centre where Ricky officially opened the beer festival by pouring a pint of beer.
The festival, which takes place today (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday), is run as a joint effort between the East Lancashire branch of the Campaign For Real Ale (CAMRA) and the St Mary’s Centre.
This year the festival will feature more than 80 ales and ciders and its theme is “Saints and Sinners”, with plenty of the beers reflecting this. There will of course be several beers brewed in East Lancashire and some newcomers as well. Once again the festival will host the Champion Beer of Britain (Mild category) competition for the North-west region, with the winner announced during the festival.
Entry to the festival is £2 before 6 pm and £3 thereafter on each day. CAMRA members and NUS card holders can enter free of charge at all times. Live music is available on both nights, featuring The Blackjacks on Friday and the Witnesses on Saturday and the festival charity is Derian House Children’s Hospice.