Music lovers drink it all in
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.”
The music hit just the right note
Six live bands entertained the hundreds of people at Oktoberfest
Elvis fan on the mic