The Club’s 8th real ale festival, to be staged next Thursday, Friday and Saturday (11th, 12th and 13th Nov), could be the last following a decision by Knowsley Borough Council to close down Prescot Leisure Centre, the event’s current venue, in 2011.
The three day festival has raised nearly £100,000 since it was first staged in 2003. All the cash has been donated by the Rotary Club to worthy causes ranging from the new Rainhill Guide Hut and St Helens Youth Brass Band to Halton Haven Hospice and the Under 9’s MHS football team at Prescot.
Rainhill Rotary has launched a search for a new location large enough to accommodate next year’s festival but Graham Barker, Chairman of the Club’s Beer Festival Organising Committee, says the task is a tough one. “It is not easy to find a venue that can accommodate more than a thousand visitors over a three day event, but it would be a tragedy if the community was to lose such a valuable source of support.”