ASTLEY Bridge Cricket Club’s Real Ale and Cider Festival went down a treat at the weekend with barrels running dry by the end of the popular event.

The festival, now in its fourth year, was toasted by real ale lovers who enjoyed choosing from 14 ales, three lagers and three ciders.

Popular choices included Thistly Cross Cider, made from Scottish apples and strawberries, and the new North Star by Dunscar Bridge Brewery as well as many others.

Lesley Cryer, who is on the committee and helps organise the festival ,said: “It went very well, we have had good weather, which also helped.

“The money raised helps the club, but we also support charities and this year 10 per cent will go to the Meningitis Trust.”

Although the festival may not be the biggest in the country, it is described as being one of the cheapest, with prices from £2 a pint.

Mrs Cryer said: “Hopefully, it will be back next year.”

Everyone who attended received a free souvenir glass and programme.