A popular twice yearly beer and bangers festival is set to return to an iconic Burton pub this May.

The event, hosted by Burton Bridge Inn, in Bridge Street, is held every six months and brings together the perfect mix of hotdogs and beer, say organisers.

Scores of people turn out to each festival to get their fill of food and ale, with this May's event being the eighteenth one so far.

The last event, held during October, 2017 was rated as a 'huge success' by landlord Carl Stout, despite one of the town’s main gateway, St Peter's Bridge, being closed at the time for essential repair work, which caused major traffic issues in the town.

This year, the festival will run across three days, starting on Thursday, May 10, from 5pm until 11.30pm, continuing on Friday, May 11, from 12pm until 11.30pm and finishing off on Saturday, May 12, from noon until 11.30pm.

There will be a selection of 24 different ales available, along with a range of ciders and perrys, with sausages being served straight from the barbecue - all in a beer tent behind the pub.

Beer was the main aim of the day, along with the sausages
Beer was the main aim of the day, along with the sausages

The details of May's event come just days after the announcement that fund-raisers at the pub had hit the £40,000 mark for cancer charity, Bloodwise.

Burton Bridge Inn has been raising money for Bloodwise for 30 years, with landlord, Mr Stout, saying that collecting started when the daughter of a regular customer was diagnosed with leukaemia.

He said: "I believe we started because of one of the customers who comes in, one of the regulars, his daughter had leukaemia.

"We just want to celebrate that over a period of 30 years, we've managed to raise a huge amount of money for the cause.

"There's no set target. It was great when we hit £30,000, and I guess now the next one is £50,000.

"We have two quiz teams here, every Wednesday. We normally put sandwiches and snacks on for the quiz team instead of the money going to pay for this, we put the money straight into Bloodwise.

Carl Stout, landlord of Burton Bridge Inn and Glenys Trowell, from Bloodwise
Carl Stout, landlord of Burton Bridge Inn and Glenys Trowell, from Bloodwise

"We've also got, which has proved a real success, our book swaps. So basically, people bring in old books and we ask for a donation of £1. Then people swap the books. All these little things really add up."

Glenys Trowell, a representative from Bloodwise, is responsible for checking and collecting money from the tin regularly.

She said: "The money will go completely to research, it all goes to head office. It all gets paid into a head office account and that then goes to funding, research and awareness.

"The more people that are aware, the more chances of the money rolling in. It just goes to show how you can get to £40,000."

Mr Stout wanted to say big thank you to all those who have donated throughout the 30 years.

He said: "I would just like to thank everyone who has been involved in this, from collecting the books to Glenys for coming every couple of months, collecting all the money and counting it up. Just goes to show that without these people, and without these volunteers, these things wouldn't happen."

What is Bloodwise?

Worldwide charity group, Bloodwise has one main vision set out, 'to beat blood cancer'.

They are attempting to stop people around the world from dying from blood cancer and trying to make patients' lives better.

Money donated mainly goes towards research into the cancer, improving the tests available, making treatments easier for patients, and attempting to get it diagnosed as early as possible.

Illnesses targeted by Bloodwise include leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and many other types of blood cancer.