Boats, beer and music festival success

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LINES of bunting-bedecked barges, barrels of real ale and a background shanty of folk helped to make Crooke Hall Inn’s annual charity celebration another terrific success.

The three day Boats, Beer and Music Festival showcased more than 30 cask conditioned brews from Northern breweries including a few regular favourites along with plucky newcomer pints making their debut.

Landlord and landlady, Greg and Jenny Liptrot, raise a glass at the Crooke Hall Inn real ale and music festival

Landlord and landlady, Greg and Jenny Liptrot, raise a glass at the Crooke Hall Inn real ale and music festival

They were served directly from the cask in a large marquees specially erected on the picturesque pub’s car park on the banks of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.

Beers featured included a plum flavoured Potteries porter from Burslem based Titanic, two from Hawkshead Brewery and Dark Star of Brighton, Off Beat, Ossett, Great Heck, Black Jack, Phoenix, Boggart Hole Clough, The Brew Co., Black Hole, Blakemere, Acorn, Elland and Liverpool Organic, plus beers from Prospect and Thwaites and several from pub owners, All Gates.

The music festival opened to the traditional sound of Wigan Ukulele Club ... and this year included a guest spot from landlady Jenny Liptrot, who has spent the time since the last festival learning the instrument which helped made George Formby famous!

More than £1,300 was raised for Wigan and Leigh Hospice and the Stroke Association.