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Church says cheers

21 September 2012

By a staff reporter

A CHURCH in need of repairs teamed up with a pub to launch a "Blessed Beer Festival" last weekend.

St Ann's, Manchester, a Grade I listed building, is celebrating its 300th birthday this year, but needs an estimated £2 million for repairs and refurbishment. The festival was the idea of the manager of a gastro-pub next to the church, Mr Thomas's Chop House. Fifty pence was donated from the sale of every pint.

A tent was set up in St Ann's Square, housing 24 cask real ales and four ciders. All the beers chosen came from micro-breweries within 30 miles of the church.

The Rector, the Revd Nigel Ashworth, said that it was hoped that the event would run each year. "We don't know yet how much money was raised, though it will be in the thousands."


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