BEER lovers gathered to enjoy more than 70 real ales at the Maidenhead Beer Festival.

The weekend long festival, held at Maidenhead United FC on York Road, was run by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) to get more people drinking local beers.

Approximately 1,500 people turned out in the sunshine from Friday (19) to Sunday (21) to enjoy the beers, of which around 45 were locally brewed.

CAMRA press officer Steve Goodall said: "It went very well. We have had an awful lot of very positive comments from customers. One of CAMRA's roles is to advertise for local beers and most of the people I spoke to said that they enjoyed them and enjoyed the festival." The festival was the first one organised by CAMRA in Maidenhead, and included live music, a hog roast, a selection of curries and more than 20 local ciders to go alongside the real ales.

Kevin Phillips, the public affairs officer for CAMRA, said: "It was a very successful event held in glorious weather. We were really pleased to see a lot of new people come along to taste some excellent beers. Luckily we managed to keep the beer supplies up right to the end!" It is unclear how much money was raised by the festival, but any money that is genereated by the event will be put back in to the campaign, either locally or nationally.

Mark Newcombe, festival goer and chairman of the Furze Platt Action Group, said: "They concentrated on the smaller breweries and more local breweries which was different but it was fantastic. It was the first festival here and it went really well. It was steady but I think they made a lot of money." For more pictures, see today's Observer Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Windsorobserver and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/windsorobserver