Jonathan Reynolds

Campaigning for the communities of Stalybridge, Hyde, Mossley, Longdendale, and Dukinfield

Pint and politics for Stalybridge Labour Club

MP Jonathan Reynolds toasted Stalybridge Labour Club’s growing reputation for real ales at the weekend, when he opened the inaugural beer festival.
The club, on Acres Lane, has recently been voted CAMRA’s best club in High Peak and Cheshire for the second year running – coming 1st runner-up in the wider Greater Manchester region too.
Plans for the Stalybridge Labour Club Beer Festival were drawn up by club officials and staff to highlight their growing reputation for real ales.
And during the three-day event (October 24-26) hundreds of people visited the club to taste some of the collection of more than 30 brews that were on offer.
There was a distinctly local flavour to the festival, with ales included from local micro-breweries Tickety Brew, from Stalybridge, Millstone, from Mossley and Green Mill, from Broadbottom – as well as a wider range of beers from across Greater Manchester.
The event was so successful that there are now plans to make the Stalybridge Labour Club Beer Festival an annual event.
Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds said: “Staff and officials at the club are clearly proud that all their hard work has brought them such prestigious recognition from CAMRA – and there can be no better way of celebrating their success than with their own beer festival.
“Hundreds of people turned out for the event – seizing the rare opportunity to taste so many of the beers brewed locally. And I was delighted to be amongst them.
“The Labour Club continues to be a popular venue for public and private events in the town – but the festival has instantly become a favourite on the club’s calendar.
“I know there will be a significant number of people who are already looking forward to visiting the festival again next year – and I hope to be there again.”
The festival was officially opened on the Friday by Mr Reynolds. And later Cllr Kevin Welsh and Stalybridge North candidate Adrian Pearce presented Lord Tom Pendry with the presidency of the club.
Commenting on the success of the event, Stalybridge North councillor Kevin Welsh, who is a trustee of the Stalybridge Labour Club, said: “Stalybridge Labour Club has begun to really excel with its range and quality of real ales – and it was to celebrate that success that we set up the first beer festival.
“Of course, it’s been a lot of work – but clearly it attracted hundreds of people who appeared to have a great time, so it’s been worth it.”

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