Beer festival will not be moved, say organisers

Fleetwood Beer Festival organiser Russell Cobb preparing for this weekends event at the Marine Hall.
Fleetwood Beer Festival organiser Russell Cobb preparing for this weekends event at the Marine Hall.

The organisers of Fleetwood Beer Festival have scotched rumours that next year’s event is to be switched away from the town’s Marine Hall.

They insist it is business as usual and the event is already booked for next February.

Fleetwood Beer Festival has been running at the seafront venue since the late 1970s, and continues to pull in real ales fans from across the North West.

However, five years ago festival co-ordinators from the Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre branch of CAMRA (the Campaign for Real Ale) did voice concerns about the hire charges at the venue.

Despite this, negotiations were made with Wyre Council and the event has continued there ever since.

Rumours have now linked the event with Farmer Parrs instead.

But festival spokesman Russ Cobb said this week: “There is no truth at all to these rumours. The venue is booked and it is business as usual.

“The fact is that there is no other venue in Fleetwood which is as suited to our event as the Marine Hall.”

It is possible that the rumours may have been caused by confusion with the new Fylde Folk Festival, which is staging some of its concerts at Farmer Parrs next year.

The local CAMRA branch has also had to kill off another rumour about time changes to their festival in Lytham.