Mu­sic lovers drink it all in

Middleton Guardian - - WILDLIFE - EMMA CURRY

HUN­DREDS of beer afi­ciona­dos headed to Mid­dle­ton for ale, live mu­sic and fish fin­ger butties at the fifth an­nual Ok­to­ber­fest event.

From noon to 7pm, the area be­tween Mid­dle­ton Shop­ping Cen­tre and the bus sta­tion was packed.

Around 400 peo­ple en­joyed mu­sic by six lo­cal bands as they drank beer, cider and wine, feasted on pizza, butties and burg­ers and en­joyed the sun­shine.

Two mi­cro brew­ers, Se­ri­ous Brew­ing from Rochdale and Bolling­ton Brew­ing Co, served up ale for beer fans, with Se­ri­ous Brew­ing sell­ing out com­pletely.

Mean­while, the Mar­quee Bar pro­vided drinks for those pre­fer­ring some­thing other than ‘real ale’, in­clud­ing lager, cider and wine.

Six live bands took to the stage – The Late Show, per­form­ing Mo­town, disco, rock and pop, punk/rock group Cov­ered in Punk, clas­sic rock band Black Garter, Assem­bly Point, play­ing songs by The Smiths and Stone Roses, lo­cal duo Iden­tity and alt-rock band Son Primo – and the crowds danced in the sun­shine.

I Knead Pizza pro­vided wood-fired piz­zas, while The Fish Fin­ger Bar served a twist on a child­hood favourite, with fish fin­ger butties and wraps.

There was also a burger van and dough­nut stall.

Vic­to­ria Davies, from Mid­dle­ton Town Cen­tre Man­age­ment, who or­gan­ised the event with chief ex­ec­u­tive Adam Tor­rev­ell, said: “The weather was won­der­ful and the peo­ple of Mid­dle­ton were amaz­ing.

“They turned out in force to sing, dance and en­joy this free event.

“Both Adam and I were re­ally pleased and proud to see every­one sup­port­ing their home town.

“Nor­mally we get around 200 to 300 peo­ple, but this year it was be­tween 350 and 400, our most suc­cess­ful yet.

“It was a re­ally good event, we brought it for­ward this year to get the good weather and had more bands this year – one ev­ery 45 min­utes.

“We al­ways try to get lo­cal bands in, and peo­ple re­ally en­joy the live mu­sic.”

This is Vic­to­ria’s sec­ond year work­ing on the Ok­to­ber­fest event and she and Adam were hard at work from 7am to mid­night on the day, set­ting up be­fore the event and clear­ing away after­wards.

How­ever, she said all the hard work was worth it.

She added: “It’s a hard day’s work, but the feed­back we get and the com­ments on Face­book, plus it’s some­thing for Mid­dle­ton, it makes it all worth­while – even though you’re shat­tered.”

PIC­TURES by RAY BOYES PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

The mu­sic hit just the right note

Six live bands en­ter­tained the hun­dreds of peo­ple at Ok­to­ber­fest

Elvis fan on the mic

Bass man

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