Beer festival saved

Fleetwood Beer Festival committee members. From left: Gary Levin, Steve Walker and chairman Dave Stirzaker.
Fleetwood Beer Festival committee members. From left: Gary Levin, Steve Walker and chairman Dave Stirzaker.

Fleetwood Beer Festival has been saved, fears that a hike in rent for the Maine Hall could kill the event, now in its 30th year, have been allayed by talks between festival organisers and Wyre Borough.

The festival was put in peril at the prospect of finding £5,480 rather than the usual £2,000.

But festival chairman Dave Stirzaker said: “The council has brought its rental demand down. Now after the festival next month, they want a meeting to discuss pencilling dates for next year.

“I don’t want to say what the figure is but it’s about half way between what we paid last year and what they were wanting. It means we will be able to stay in surplus, provided we get the same number of people visiting as last year. It’s great we can carry on as normal. It’s not just the festival which would have been affected – the economy of the town would have suffered as well. Over the two and a half days of the festival we get 2,500 people through.”