HAPPY drinkers descended on Historic Harwich to enjoy a popular beer festival.

The Harwich Ale Trail, which was co-ordinated by residents Paul Turvey and Paul Mellor, saw eight venues put on 55 different ales and 40 ciders for the 1,000 visitors to enjoy.

From the Alma, Globe, and Hanover Inn to New Bell, Shakers and Stingray, the venues drew hundreds of thirsty residents with their unique ale.

Also taking part were the Café On The Pier and, for the first time, United Services Club.

David Todd, who is the Hanover landlord, said: “After such a difficult couple of years it was heartening to see people from Harwich and beyond turn out in such numbers to support their local pubs.

“The town was buzzing with activity and I hope we repaid them for their support with some fantastic ale.”

Laetitia Shrive, from the Stingray, said: “So nice to see new and old faces enjoying excellent ales at various establishments - a real town collaboration.”

The demand was so high in two venue that Paul Mellor was asked to deliver extra supplies of ale.

Tracy Bailey, who is the Globe landlady, has thanked the organisers for the event.

She added: “Even though the footfall was less than previous years, we still sold over 300 pints of ale.

“Also, thanks should go to everyone who came and supported the venues, without you, the ale trail wouldn’t be successful.”

This year’s event was the sixth Harwich Ale Trail, with the last one taking place back in 2019.

Paul Turvey said: “It was great to see people coming back into Harwich, rekindling memories of earlier Ale Trails or experiencing our town and pubs for the first time. The rain held off, the trains all worked and there were happy faces throughout the long weekend. Roll on 2023!”