THE THREAT of thunderstorms and heavy showers came to nothing as more than 3,000 people flocked to this year's Bracknell Ale and Cider festival on Sunday.

More than 85 barrels of beer were consumed during the one-day event at Bracknell Rugby Club, with visitors making the most of the fantastic weather.

Now in its eighth year, the festival featured dozens of locally crafted ales, ciders, gins and wines, as well as tempting food stalls and two lively music stages.

Co-organiser Tom Canning said: "It was ridiculous, we had around 3,000 people which was just brilliant. The weather warnings and all the rain that had been forecast during the week just never turn up so we were so happy.

"We had two alternating music stages for the first time which worked really well, and the atmosphere was just buzzing the entire evening. I've had people tell me how much fun they had and how well run it was.

"We'll definitely be back next year."

Chairman of Bracknell Rugby Club, Ian Wilson said: "Everyone running the day were volunteers, from the people taking money on the gate to the people serving the drinks behind the bar, they were all volunteers, doing it for the love of the community.

"I want to give them all a massive thank you, not just for this event, but for the work they do at the rugby club all year round. It wouldn't happen without them."