Organisers are expecting thousands of people to turn up for this year’s annual Hucknall beer festival which starts on Friday.

The event begins at 11am on Friday 12 February and runs over the weekend at the John Godber Centre.

Centre manager Kim Pears said: “The numbers we usually get are in the thousands.

“We have a minibus of people coming from Manchester and in the past we’ve had people travel from Cornwall.”

The money raised will be used for refurbishment of the community centre and this year new bathrooms will be put in.

The beer festival will include a food market and has 61 beers from 27 breweries on offer.

Kim added: “We are a charity and this festival and the fundraising really helps the centre.
“In 2011 we had a problem when we ran out of beer, on the Sunday but that was before I started to work here!

“We love it but it is very hectic in the build up, we hope it will be worth it.”

The John Godber Centre relies on sponsorship to run the festival, including Lincoln Green Brewing who will be offering a variety of beers including a coconut flavour.

Lincoln Green owner Anthony Hughes said: “This is our fourth festival as we’ve been sponsoring it ever since we began trading in 2012.

“We provide 30 different beers to the festival and the event helps us out enormously. The benefit of the festival is it’s a great event for the community and being held at the John Godber Centre gets everyone in the town together. As a local business we sponsor it as we want to support Hucknall.”

Entry to the festival is free during the day and £2 after 5pm.