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Cheers! Dudley ales festival 'drank dry by 5pm' as organisers hail annual event a major success

Every drop of beer and cider – which involved a total of 61 casks of real ale – was consumed at a popular Dudley ales festival.

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Dudley Winter Ales Fayre at Dudley Town Hall

By 5pm on Saturday, the announcement was made that the event had been "drunk dry", with organisers hailing it a huge success.

Hundreds of ale lovers have been packing out Dudley town hall for the return of the annual Black Country beer event – which this year was dedicated to The Crooked House.

Dudley Winter Ales Fayre at Dudley Town Hall

The much-loved Dudley Winter Ales Fayre, which ran at Dudley Town Hall from Thursday, November 23 to Saturday, saw more than 1,300 people turn up to test out the best West Midlands independent ales on offer.

The event this year saw around 300 people turn up for the first day of festivities, with another 700 arriving for the second day.